...the absent-minded ramblings of a sometime diva, hyperactive yarn ya-ya.

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Name: Cyndilou :)
Location: Texas, United States

Just a little piece of sunshine and rainbow set free to wreak happiness on the universe.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year -- and for those not celebrating Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Merry Festivus, etc. :)

Congratulations, too, to AnneMarie who correctly guessed the source of my parody this week - the prize will be in the mail on Monday! :)

Monday, December 19, 2005

Brownie points (and maybe a prize)...

...if you can guess the title AND artist of the song I parodied this from:

"Ladies and gentlemen I introduce to you the Trans-Siberian OR-CHES-TRA!!!"

Leave a comment or email with your guess and I'll pick a prize from my stash for the correct guesser. :D In the event no-one wins (or guesses *sniff*) I get to keep the yarn.

Just got back from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert here in Austin (how'd you know?) and I must say that they do a fabulous job. My only complaint was with the venue, not the band: if you pay more to get floor seats, you get folding chairs that are much less than comfortable. Be aware that TSO uses lots of strobes and spots and lasers in the show -- you might have to close your eyes once or twice to escape the brightness -- but the show was just musically and artistically amazing. I wish I could have brought my camera to take a picture to show off some of the effects, but they were prohibited (which didn't stop people from sneaking in the smaller cameras, but I bet their pics aren't clear - especially those silly peeps using the flash).

At any rate, it is a show I highly recommend. A scarf in progress got to go along for the show - and another concert-goer remarked jealously that she wished she'd brought her knitting. :D

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Stupid DSL service

Finally after five days of no internet access at home, I've got my connection up and running again. To be fair to the DSL service provider, they did get a crew out to the problem within a business day to resolve the issue that was not in my apt. It just took me a few more days to finally get my modem and router to recognize the connection again. Argh.

(Then again, if I was at home more than 5 minutes at a time...) :D

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Blogging on a Saturday Morning

Normally I am lazing about on Saturday mornings (unless I have to be somewhere), but today I actually got some housework done (no comments from the peanut gallery that I consider friends!). Then I sat down at the PC and got nothing else done. Heh. But I did find this over at Kimberly's place.

Christmas Elf Name

My Christmas Elf Name is
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Friday, December 09, 2005

Conversation at a party

Story as told by a couple of guys that roomed together in college --

C: So, we should tell them the story of the razor blade.
D: (Grins embarrasedly and shakes his head no.)
C: Yeah, I woke up one morning with a razor blade in my bed. I asked D, "Did you put a razor blade in my bed?"
D: (Still shaking his head.)
C: Totally serious - I asked him if he was trying to tell me I needed to die or something.
D: And then I said, "No, dude, I really am trying to kill you."
D: Kidding. I swear.

Ok, maybe you had to be there. But it was FUNNY. :D

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Nothing like a snow day...

Okay, technically it isn't a snow day, just that the roads are a little icy and work is delayed opening for a few hours. Still, having to get home last night on icing roads was exciting enough that I stayed home all evening (Advent services were cancelled) and got some knitting done for a change (almost finished a commission scarf and got more rows done on gift socks). This morning I woke up around 2 am, determined that it was not absolutely necessary to get out of bed for several hours yet, called the weather hotline at work and discovered that we had a delayed start today.

At some point I must have caught more sleep, because now it is 7 am and I realized that I need to log on to work remotely to get some stuff done, but at least I had a nice relaxing morning for a change.

Perhaps it'll stay icy all day and I can sit here under the covers with a laptop and mug of chai...

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Have a day, already...

Le sigh. I suppose it is time for me to get up and stop moping about the house. Okay, so I am not currently moping -- I moped from the time I got home yesterday to about 4 this morning, at which point my body decided it just couldn't be in bed any longer. I got some housework done, worked from home, walked to the grocery store, and now I think I'm back to moping.

Why the mope? Because my mode of transportation decided it required a major (read: $$$$) repair yesterday. Thankfully, it didn't just die on me - I took it to the repair shop yesterday morning and in the afternoon they called me with the estimate. The ouchtimate. Car repairs for me always seem to come at a really bad time. I just paid several bills early, and I haven't finished shopping for my nieces and nephews for Christmas, and this is going to wipe out my savings and then some.

Ok, self - time to get out of the mope. Here's some things I am thankful for:
- God never gives me more than I can handle, even if it doesn't always feel like it.
- I do still have the money to cover most of the car repair.
- Since I paid several bills early, I don't have to worry about stretching a couple of due dates until my next paycheck.
- In reality, it only wipes out my liquid savings, and I still have other investments to fall back on should another emergency arise.
- I have a fabulous Mom who'll even rescue her 31-year-old daughter in a pinch.
- The car did wait until it had over 150k miles on it for the clutch and related bits to go out, which is about 50k longer than they usually last.
- It didn't just die on the road, costing me more in towing.
- My boss (though he gives me tons of guff about it) is cool with me taking a day off since I have no transportation until the car is ready.
- Several of my co-workers offered me a ride home yesterday, even though none of them lives anywhere near me.

I feel bad about the presents thing, but I do still have other gifts to send the kids, along with donations for the New Life Center. Now I just have to wait for the autoshop to call with that final total.

Friday, December 02, 2005


Advent Calendar! Me happy. :)