Interstellar Adventures

March 31, 2006

I love Sue

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:06 am

Canada’s Doctor Ruth. This woman cracks me up! She’s much more down-to-earth and laid back than Dr. Ruth, and much easier to understand. I catch her show on the Oxygen cable network.

The other night, Nick and I were flippin’ channels, and there she was. Stop there! I said. So we watched Sue. It’s mostly a call-in show where viewers/listeners ask questions and get answers, advice and whatnot. And then she has product review segments and ‘just for fun’ suggestions.

This particular show, my favorite calls were:

  • The nympho who’s boyfriend couldn’t recover quickly enough for her
  • The woman’s who’s husband wanted her to wear a chicken suit in the bedroom
  • The woman who shared her B.O.B. with her platonic girlfriend and got an STD
  • The man who called and wanted to know if it was unhealthy for his wife to “swaller”

God Bless Sue!

March 30, 2006

Ouch, That Smarts

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:23 am

Yeah, if you’ve never seen something painful, just watch this.

This guy soooo needs to get over himself. I wonder where I can get my “NO T.O.” t-shirt.

March 29, 2006

Viva La Raza

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:46 am

You’ve got to be kidding me. Watching the news last night, Nick and I stared, dumbfounded, at a mockery of a protest. Dallas ISD students were “protesting” the a Texas House and Senate resolution promoting support of an immigration bill under consideration in the US House and Senate.

For two days now, Hispanic students in the DISD have walked out of school. They’ve marched on City Hall. Students walked from their schools and were hanging out of cars. Brilliant. An SUV full of teens joyriding driving in a vehicle to the protest were in an accident and a girl’s hand was severed. The march itself isn’t what I’m calling a mockery. It’s their actions while there. News cameras showed them hoopin’ and hollerin’, running up and down the stairs in City Hall and wading and splashing in the fountain in front of City Hall. What started as a protest turned into a free-for-all day to skip school and play to the cameras.

We are not criminals. I beg to differ. If you come to the United States illegally, you broke our law. If you came to the United States on a visa and then stayed past when you were allowed, you broke our law. If you bring your family with you and grandma doesn’t have a visa, but you do, grandma broke our law. If you work without the proper documentation to work in this country, you broke our law. Breaking a law makes you a criminal. You, young lady, might not be a criminal, but those in this country illegally, working illegally, and using services they’re not paying for, are criminals.

If the Italians wanted to come, you’d welcome them with open arms. Actually, if millions of Italians were to come to the US illegally, I think I’d feel the same way. First of all, use an intelligent arguement. Second of all, I don’t think you could present me with an arguement that could convince me that allowing anyone and everyone into my country with no thought to whether or not they should be there is a good thing. More than 11 million illegals (not just Hispanics mind you) being educated by my tax dollars, receiving medical treatment paid for with my tax dollars, living off my tax dollars…yeah, I’m good with that. Not.

There is a legal method of entry into the US. Use it. If you get in, great. If you don’t and you come anyway, I’m going to send you back home and I’m not going to let you come back.

March 28, 2006

I’ll need to transfer you…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 2:12 pm

Act I
Time: Last night
Location: MegaPhoneCompany store

Yes, I’ve ordered phone service online and I got this email saying you needed to confirm my identity.
Hands over drivers license and credit card. Clerk looks up something on the computer and fills out a slip of paper with a phone number and a confirmation code.
Call this number and give them this confirmation code. They’ll give you a date when your service will be turned on. You’ll probably have to call tomorrow because they’re probably closed by now.
Thank you.


Act II
Time: About 10:30 am
Location: Office desk

MegaPhoneCompany, Operator 1 speaking, how may I help you?
Yes, I have ordered phone service and I have a confirmation code I need to provide so I can get a date when my service will be connected.
OK, what is that order number? It should start with an I.
I don’t have an order number that starts with an I. I have a tracking number and the phone number. I ordered the service online.
Oh, well then what’s the phone number then?
Thank you ma’am. What’s that confirmation code? It should start with a P.
Um, it starts with an F. FX12345Y
Oh, they just left the P off, that’s correct. OK. I see that you’re in an area where your provided with MegaPhoneCompany’s fiber-optic service. I’m going to have to transfer you to a fiber specialist. Hold please.

Music plays in the background for around 5 minutes…

Hello, this is Operator 2. How may I help you?
Yes, I’ve ordered service and I’m trying to get a date for when that will be turned on. I gave my confirmation number to the girl before and she said I had to talk to a fiber specialist.
Typing in the background.
Um, yes ma’am. What’s your account number?
I don’t have an account number. I have a tracking number and the phone number. I’m getting new service.
Oh, yes ma’am. Let me verify that number.
Yes ma’am. I do show an order for you. I’m going to need to transfer you to the orders department.

Music plays in the background for awhile longer.

Hello, this is Operator 3. May I have permission to access your account?
How may I help you today?
I’ve ordered phone service and I need to get a date when my phone is going to be turned on.
Yes please. What is your order number?
I don’t have an order number. I have a tracking number and the phone number. I ordered the service online.
Oh, well what is that phone number?
OK, yes ma’am. I see that your credit was approved and that your order has been cleared for activation. Let me transfer you to the orders department.

Nearly falls out of chair thinking “I thought that’s who you were!
Music plays a while longer…
Uh, yes ma’am. How can I help you today?
I need to get a date for when my service will be turned on.
Can I get your account number please?
No, this is for new service
Oh, well what’s your order number please?
I.Don’t.Have.An.Order.Number. I have a phone number and I need to confirm when it will be turned on.

5 minutes later

April 11 is the first available date the system is giving me.
Um, that’s not going to work for me. Isn’t there something sooner?
Well, let’s see. Hmmm. OK, the system is giving me tomorrow at the earliest.
That’s much better, thank you.
OK, while we’re waiting for your order to clear, can I ask what you’re using for your internet service.
I’m not interested in switching my internet service. I just want my phone turned on.

5 minutes later after all the phone service features have been explained and new ones offered and free ones included.

OK, your service is scheduled for intstallation tomorrow.
Does anyone have to be present for the install?
No ma’am, it’s a service center activation so no one has to be present.
OK, thank you.
Thank you ma’am. Have a nice day.


I just hope I can get a dial tone!

March 24, 2006

Playin’ Bas-ket-ball

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:04 am

At 4:15 yesterday Nick is frantically IMing me and calling me, trying to track me down.

[16:15] supernick: URG!! Where are you?
[16:27] interstellarlass: What up
[16:27] supernick: Want to go to the Mavs game?
[16:27] interstellarlass: when?
[16:27] supernick: Tonight?
[16:27] interstellarlass: who’s going to watch the kids?
[16:28] supernick: can we scrounge up a sitter?
[16:28] interstellarlass: I don’t know
[16:28] supernick: what are the odds?
[16:28] interstellarlass: let me call my grandparents
[16:28] supernick: okay
[16:32] interstellarlass: what time does the Mavs game start?
[16:32] supernick: 7:30
[16:33] interstellarlass: yes we’ll go
[16:34] supernick: okay
[16:35] supernick: I have the tickets and the parking pass in my hands.
[16:35] supernick: We have Platinum parking
[16:36] supernick: we’re section 218, Row H seats 11 and 12
[16:38] interstellarlass: woo hoo

The parking was great, the seats were great, the beer was expensive ($33 for 6 beers including bartender tip!), the turnovers were plentiful…at least from the Mavs. It was my first Mavs game of the season, and Nick’s first NBA game period. We had soooo much fun! The Mavs Dancers did a routine to Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation. The Maniaacs were fun to watch too. And this guy Boogey Bob was a hoot! And when the drumline beat those drums, the AAC rocked! Dirk was almost perfect…had 51 points for the night…2 shy of his career record. I think he only missed 1 free throw all night long. But, in the end we lost at the buzzer. So sad. It was a tough game. Never more than 9 points apart no matter who was leading. And to lose on a buzzer shot!

I did, however, get surprised with a green Mavs retro t-shirt with Diiiiirk’s name on it. Thank you Nick-baby. I love you.

March 23, 2006

More DIY

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 3:15 pm

Nope, not a house project this time. I read a post over at Carnealian’s blog that reminded me of something I need to do. Plan my own funeral! No, I’m not dying. At least that I know. But I’ve been thinking about it since my cousins’ mom died back in February. She had the kind of funeral I don’t want. And, to make sure I get what I want, I know I’ve got to plan it myself.

So here’s what I’ve got so far. First of all, I’m being cremated. There’s no draining my blood and injecting me with chemicals. No thanks. I’ll choose to be cremated instead. Then, I’ll either have my ashes scattered somewhere or I’ll turn myself into a gem. I think that’s kind of cool. But then there’s the “oops, I lost grandma” scenario when whoever loses the ring.

Then, there’s the party. Yeah. There will be no solemn, somber, sniveling, sad soiree for me. No solemn processional of cars with headlights on in the middle of the day. Nope! It’ll be a hootin’ hollerin’ good time! Music! Fun! Food! Life! I think I’m going to call it the:

“Interstellar Memorial “5K/10K – bake off – knit around – disco – fish fry – BBQ – square dance – karaoke – poker tournament – camp out – beer tasting” PartyFest.

A little bit of everything. That’s me. And you’re all invited. There will be much festing and fun. And everyone has to share a memory of me. Not a made-up one. But a real one. Different people see different sides of me. Once I’m gone, it’ll be time to share!

What’s one thing that you absolutely want or don’t want to happen when you die?

March 21, 2006

Sneak Preview

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:18 am

I had poker at my house Friday night. Couple of girlfriends, green beer and guacamole. I didn’t start off too good, but my friend Judy and I ended up the last two in. We were tired, so we played Indian Poker to declare a final winner. One card on your forehead…

I spent the rest of the weekend on my bathroom. I don’t think you can see it real well, but this is the 80’s style wall paper that was in my bathroom to start.

Here’s the Sneak Preview. The Bathroom. It’s almost done now. Walls painted in Frost White, cabinets and trim painted in Beluga Black. Floor tile almost down. I’m a few pieces short, so I have to go pick some more up. Oh, and a new shower curtain too!

Update: Shame on me! I’ve gotta give some mad props to Nick! He picked up the old tiles off the floor and even had to use dangerous chemicals to get all the glue up. Poor thing almost burned his leg off with acetate, but he did an awesome job! Way to go baby!

Oh, and my lovely shawl is done too. I ended up using some chenille yarn that I already had for the trim. Still. Between the new knitting needles, the yarn and the time and labor, this is one expensive shawl!

I’m now working on crocheting this bag. I’ve already ripped it out twice. But I think I have the stitch down now. It helps when you start it right!

March 20, 2006

Rainy Days and Mondays

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:54 am

It rained. All.Weekend. Oh, except for Saturday morning. Elle’s team won their soccer game despite damp conditions and cold winds.

The rain is supposed to clear out. I wish Terrell Owens would. Vintage Jerry Jones. T.O. will end up being a bust. But I don’t care. Gives me just another reason to root against the home team.

March 15, 2006

Learn to crochet

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 11:39 am

Like I need another hobby! Last night I went to the first of three learn-to-crochet classes with my grandmother. My great-grandmother, Roma, was a fantastic chrochet-er. Sadly, she passed at 91 years young several years ago. She made beautiful afghans for my grandparents and my uncles.

One of my uncles wants a new afghan in the copy of a pattern my great-grandmother did. He had one, but his ex-wife kept it after their divorce. Now one of my cousins has it, and my uncle doesn’t want to take it from him. So, my uncle has asked my grandmother to make him one. Except he wants one that’s 6′ x 9′. He’s a tall guy. 6’9″.

Soooo, since this is a difficult pattern, and the size of the afghan is so large, my grandmother has asked me to help her make it. I, of course, agreed.

Last night we learned to create a foundation chain, the chain stitch, turning your work, and the single crochet stitch. I practiced when I got home and made a nice, even rectangle. Woo Hoo!

March 13, 2006

Painters cramp

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:59 am

Baseboards removed, wall spackled & sanded, cabinet doors removed, two coats of primer, texturizer mixed in the paint, two coats of paint on the walls, cabinets taped off, and one coat of paint on the cabinets.

My legs ache, my back aches and I’m still not done.

To make matters worse, we washed the shower curtain, which is the inspiration for the colors in the bathroom. Well, the pattern is now coming off the shower curtain. Now I’ve got to find another one just like it or similar.

Sidenote: Zed is off to camp this week. Fifth grade goes to a ‘science camp’. It’s his first time away from home for an entire week without a family member. I’m worried. He’s only been overnight with church before.

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