Aug. 9th, 2010 10:07 pm
Got a question: Would anyone follow [livejournal.com profile] ducks_asylum if I moved it over to Blogger? I like the format over there for that kind of blog better. I still love my LJ for personal posts, but Blogger has a lot more options.


Jul. 30th, 2010 08:54 pm
So, I all of a sudden realized that my Father and Aunt coming out here could get awkward. My mom lives here, and while they could be civil, I am not sure that it would be good for her. Well, okay... Why don't we go out there?

I don't know why that hadn't occurred to me. So, we are tentatively setting up plans to go out there May or June next year. My Aunt Bithy is so very excited. I won't know how my dad feels until next week probably. I figure this will just be easier. Plus, Jonathan gets to see a city East of the Mississippi.

I need luggage. I am going to have to get travel plans in order. Bithy has offered her spare room, so we don't have to worry about a hotel. That leaves airfare and car rental. We can take Little Human's car seat with us.

So installed the new Ram and everything appeared fine. Then yesterday the cpu started to get pretty hot, at least compared to the temp it had been running at. Then Rubber Ducky started acting all funky and I couldn't get the monitor to wake up after a reboot and I was just getting all pissed off.

Jonathan thought it was the RAM, and I was inclined to agree since everything had been fine before I put it in. We got the monitor to turn back on by doing a jumper reset and then we changed the voltage on the RAM in the BIOS hoping it would help alleviate the problem. We ran memtest, which the new RAM passed with no issue. All seemed well...

Then I fucked up something today and it froze. I shut it down and rebooted and the monitor shit started up again. We removed the new RAM and that did not fix the issue, which I kinda knew it wouldn't. We thought that maybe I needed to add another fan, which we cannibalized from an old comp that was sitting here. There were other possibilities thrown around, but I had already decided it was the video card.

See, I have been having some issues with my video card lately. I think it runs way too hot, and the fan doesn't always want to work. I have to manually start the fan sometimes with my finger or a tube from a can of compressed air. When I finally do get it to start, the temp inside my case will shoot up for a few minutes and then even out. Jonathan knew that this card was a hot running card, but up until now, it really hadn't been a huge problem.

Sure enough we take out the video card (thank you Deity for onboard graphics, even if they are shit), and all of my problems go away. No more shitty heat readings, freezes, blackouts... I knew that card was dying on me.

Now the awesome thing is that I was already getting a new card for a late Mommy's Day prezzie. The bad news is that I am not getting it until next week or the week after. The power supply should be here this week. I was pissed today that it got ordered now and not the graphics card, but realized that even if I had the card, it won't run on this supply. So, no awesome new programs that I just got and no new Sims 3 expansion, that I don't have and see no reason to get until I get my comp straightened out. I are sad Pandora :(

Anyway, I'll get pics of the power supply when it gets here, because it is made of awesome and win. The new Video card is pretty awesome, too, so there will be pics of it at some point. Plus Rubber Ducky is just kinda cute anyway, so I should get pics of him while I do all of these upgrades...


May. 29th, 2010 08:51 pm
[livejournal.com profile] sativadivinorum will be so proud of my newest tattoo idea. I, hopefully, will be able to get it sooner rather than later since it's text and smallish...


May. 26th, 2010 07:23 pm
RAM got here today and I got it in and am so happy!!!


May. 24th, 2010 10:01 pm
I got so sidetracked doing other stuff this morning that I didn't do my routine at all. I didn't do it Friday either. I need to make myself do it, even if I don't want to. Today wasn't a not wanting to do it day as much as a I have too much other stuff I need to do.

The memory I bought for Rubber Ducky should be here Wed. I am hoping to buy a new power supply on Friday and I am hoping the new video card will be here next week as well. I am holding off on the other modding stuff until a little later. First off is that I don't have the money to currently support my complete modding habit, and second, I don't really need it immediately. I do need the new power supply to run the video card. I needed the RAM just to have it, lol. I wanted to sleeve everything, add a couple of cathodes, switch out the molex connectors, and add some UV paint. That can all wait and I can do it over time.

Anyway, I've been kinda distracted lately, so I haven't been paying attention to much stuff going on here or FB, but I will be better :)


May. 19th, 2010 10:51 pm
I have started documenting my routine for getting fit. Yes, I am doing it here, and no, I have not made any of it public. Mostly because I am horribly ashamed at how much I have let myself go. Maybe, if it works and I start seeing some real results, stuff might become public. I might post some of the more oddly related things publicly, which brings us to this post:

I did a full hour of yoga today. My sessions used to run about an hour, sometimes two. They always left me feeling fantastic and in absolutely no pain. The session I did today was mostly focused on my back. While I want to veer toward flexibility and strength, my back is currently causing me the most problems. If I can get that under control, I will be so happy. When I finished the yoga today, I was pain free...

However, I discovered that the full hour of yoga is completely erased once I add any sort of aerobic activity to it. I think I will have to get my back and posture sorted out and then add the heavier stuff at a later time. That was how I did it before, but that was by accident, not because I had a plan of any kind.

It's only bugging me because I do lose some weight with yoga, but I know that isn't going to be enough. I guess that I will just have to be patient. I am not good at being patient, but I guess I have no choice. I'd rather have a pain free back and know that I can lose weight faster at a later time than be in constant pain while losing it now.


May. 14th, 2010 09:29 pm
I feel like crap. I started to feel like crap last night. Little Human has become Satan's Child the last few weeks. Yesterday was horrible. I swore he wouldn't make it through the day. Last night when I went to bed I was way too cold and was achy. I woke up whimpering because it hurt so much. Jonathan was snoring and between that and the pain, I was not pleased. This morning I went back to bed for a few hours.

Jonathan and I have been arguing over the daycare situation. He knows that I am needing more of a break than what I am getting. Especially now that LH is evil. I know I need more too, but am not wanting to spend the money on it. Well, the other day he discovered that he should have been getting a discount on the daycare because of where he works. The director decided to prorate it back to when LH started daycare, so now we have three months of an extra day of daycare at no cost. YAY FOR LITTLE HUMAN BEING IN DAYCARE 3 DAYS A WEEK!!!

Also, we have a ton of moths in out house and I wish our cats weren't so freaking lazy!
The OMG Chocolate Cake that I posted last month or so at [livejournal.com profile] ducks_asylum, makes craptastic cupcakes. They taste good, but they do not hold up as cupcakes.

Live and Learn...


Apr. 29th, 2010 08:46 pm
pandorablue: (Happiness)
Got the FAFSA to finally take. It only took me like 13 tries. It turns out that if you are already in the system, and had a PIN, you can't change it so something new. It changed all of my other information to match the current, but I didn't realize that it wasn't taking the new PIN. So, I kept trying to enter the new PIN and what it wanted was my old one. Once I figured that out, I breezed through... LOL. I R SLOW SOMETIMEZ


Apr. 28th, 2010 09:07 pm
pandorablue: (Waitress)
I love how when I call my bank I immediately get dumped into the automated system. I never ever get a person. Every time Jonathan has called, he immediately gets a person. I am positive they have a caller ID system that dumps certain numbers into the automated queue. It doesn't matter if I call from my home number or my cell. I have talked to a real human being once, who then put me on hold and the call got "disconnected" . When I called back, I got the automated system again. I have 7 numbers here and have been calling for weeks.

I went to one of the local offices and they said that they don't do any type of loan stuff in any of the bank offices. It all has to be done through one of the "helplines" that never answer. I also sent an email through the website only to be given one of the numbers I already have, even though I told them that I can't get through on the phone. I gave them my phone number to call me, but of course, that didn't happen.

Oddly enough, they are not calling here demanding money. I would think that they would be, since I haven't been able to pay them.

I know they are now going to foreclose on the other house, and I can't do anything to stop it, because I can't talk to a real fucking person. They sent me paperwork for modifying my loan, but they have already told me I am not eligible for that unless I add Jonathan to the loan. That isn't feasible since he now has his own home loan.

I am just at the end of my rope.

{EDIT}GARGHGaljfaioerjlwnfjh...FAFSA keeps kicking out my application because of the stupid PIN.


Apr. 25th, 2010 02:38 am
We bought a telescope and a set of eyepieces and filters a couple of years ago. It is a beautiful telescope. However, we were pretty much not able to use it at the old house because of the light pollution. We had street lights in the front and lights along the arroyo in the back. It was awful. So this poor, beautiful piece of equipment sat unused for many moons.

Now that we live somewhere without so much light pollution, I decided to put it all back together earlier in the week. I hadn't had a chance to use it until tonight. Jonathan got the Little Human all tucked into bed and we moved Capt. Picard outside to see what was what...

We looked at the moon. It was glorious. I put the moon filter on and it helped lessen the glare and brought out more detail, just like it was supposed to. Since I knew that Saturn was close to the moon, I got it in my head to look at Saturn too. That took a little more work but I finally got it into focus.


I have never seen Saturn's rings with my own eyes. It was just breathtaking. We will be using the telescope a lot now. I am hoping to get a camera mount for it, so that I can take some astronomy photos, but we'll see.

I did start an astronomy journal this evening. I am listing things: dates of stargazing, what I see, which eyepieces/filters I use, how well I see each thing with each combination. I think this will make things easier. I am also making a list in the journal of extra accessories I might want to purchase at a later date.

The first entry into this journal was the first shooting star I've seen in about 15 years while looking out my living room sliding glass doors. One of my friends pointed out that it was probably a leftover from the Lyrids meteor shower earlier in the week, but I don't count it as part of the shower since it was all alone and the shower was only supposed to last through the 22nd.

Tonight was a good night!


Apr. 15th, 2010 10:25 pm
pandorablue: (roses)
I do believe that I will start doing yoga again tomorrow. It's difficult to do with the Little Human here. I like spending as much time with him as possible when he is here. He, however wants me to spend time with him on his terms. Yoga is not part of his terms.

I miss yoga. I miss not having headaches and my back not hurting. I miss being a little bit taller and being stronger. I miss having some extra energy. I just need to get back into it.

I also need to start using my wii fit more. That's another of those not part of LH's terms. I am so overweight and unhealthy right now. It's just too much for me anymore.

I know a lot of it is that I am depressed. I know I am. When I am depressed, I eat. I also get sick all the time. I just get out of sync with myself. This isn't working for me, and I know it isn't working for anyone else in this house either.

I think I want to get a mountain bike this year, too. Jonathan has a bike and we could get one of those carriages to drag Dubs around in. I also think we might get into one of the pools (OH NO... BATHING SUIT SHOPPING...AAAAAAAAAAAAAA).

And I have to get the altar set up in this house, somewhere. Where I really want it to be, isn't going to work as a permanent altar. I'll have to make it a set up as needed altar, since I want it in the living room next to the big sliding glass doors. The living room is of course where Dubs spends all of his time. I am going to make an outdoor one, but I can't use that all the time. Eh, big plans...
pandorablue: (transformers)
I found this and because of the person doing it, I thought of [livejournal.com profile] sativadivinorum


Apr. 13th, 2010 10:59 pm
pandorablue: (Paddy Wagon)
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good OTC allergy medication other than Claritin or Benadryll? I don't want Benadryll because it makes me super sleepy and I can't have that during the day. I am taking Claritin, but it isn't working. Thankfully, it appears this is a New Mexico problem and not just me.

The news said that because we had a wetter winter the Juniper, Ash, Cottonwood, and Mulberry are pollinating earlier and more prolifically than in previous years. Plus we are having the evil, horrible winds and they are stirring them all up more than usual.

I just know that I am completely miserable. I feel worse for mom because her doctor told her no OTC drugs of any kind until he can figure out why her blood pressure is high.

Anyway, any recommendations would be greatly appreciated by me!


Apr. 12th, 2010 10:43 pm
I feel as if I am not using my new Camera as much as I should. I think I am going to start making an effort to take at least one photo a day and then make weekly (cut) photo posts to either here or [livejournal.com profile] ducks_asylum. I really like my new camera, and feel that it deserves more use than I am giving it. Maybe I'll even start carrying it around in my purse.


Apr. 12th, 2010 01:35 pm
pandorablue: (Waitress)
I hate he stupid automated phone systems. They belong in their own personal ring of hell. The one at my mortgage company takes the fucking cake. You spend 10 mins navigating all of the stupid menus, half of which don't recognize a selection, and when you finally get somewhere it kicks you to the payment menu and doesn't allow you to talk to a person.


Then you call back and try another round of voice automated musical chairs only to have it go back to the payment menu. I guess I am just going to have to go to the actual bank and see if I can get this figured out. If I wasn't so worried about them coming after me for any loss they might take, I seriously would just walk away.
pandorablue: (transformers)
Is my car's name. Yes, it is kind of over the top. Remember, though, my last car was Arturo Bastard. I enjoy picking out names that are ridiculous (although Arturo Bastard was picked for a very specific reason). Once I get pictures of this car posted, you will realize that the name is not nearly as flamboyant as the car itself...

I bought this car for pretty cheap. It was a mechanic's lien. The guy blew the transmission (and almost everything surrounding it)street racing. He was in the military and I guess he got shipped out before the work was done, and he never came back for it. They held on to it for a long time, and tried to get in touch with him, to no avail. They did $3500 worth of work on this car and sold it for $2000.

The good news: It has 85k miles on it. It is a '00. It has a new transmission. It has spiffy aftermarket brakes. It has a fairly new exhaust system. It has a reuseable air filter that is barely broken in. It is in beautiful condition inside and out except a couple of things.

The bad news: It has been sitting at this shop for years, only being driven to the curb outside the shop with a for sale sign in the window, hoping someone would take it off their hands. It has been baking in the NM sun. The dash is shot all to hell. There is a mysterious hole in the left taillight. It's filthy with shop dust (read oily dust) in every freakin' crevice!

Adventures in car repair/upgrade ahead )
snarked from [livejournal.com profile] sativadivinorum

If you are reading this right now, please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your LJ and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.

The Dude!

Apr. 9th, 2010 08:59 am
pandorablue: (Rawr!!!)
I realized that some of my friends aren't on FB and haven't seen any recent pics of Kiddo. Here are a few cut for your pleasure: )



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