Interstellar Adventures

February 27, 2007

Who needs a stapler?

Filed under: Elle & Zed,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 8:55 pm

First day, my LAN jacks didn’t work till after lunch. Second day, I didn’t get a phone till after lunch. I have staples, but no stapler. I have tape, but no tape dispenser. I’ve been to four meetings, and there are a list of issues. And I think I’m going to like it. 馃檪

I haven’t been assigned a project yet. But by Thursday I should know what I’ll be working on for the forseeable future. And I ran into one of my friends’ neighbors that works there too! So far everyone has been very nice and don’t have to walk a mile from where I park to my office. Thanks for all the well wishes. So far things are looking good!

Zed has basketball playoffs starting Thursday night. I’ll have to miss Elle’s open house, which she is just torn up over. But when I told her I’d skip Zed’s open house if she had basketball playoffs, she felt better. We’re all ready to cheer for Zed! Go Zed Go!

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February 26, 2007

Not Running on All Cylinders

Filed under: It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 8:22 am

Not yet anyway. One lan cable and a couple of virus scans later, and Nick’s laptop is back in order. Zed’s will require bypass surgery, pending receipt of a cable via UPS. It was bad ya’ll. I hope you never have to go through dt’s like I did.

I found my SS card this morning. Miracle of all miracles it was in the first place I looked. I’m all bright and shiny and ready to set up my new desk. Well, shiny minus my wedding ring. I mean, I still have the important part…the band. The big sparkly part though is gone…for 8 to 12 weeks. I noticed a chip in my main stone, right next to one of the prongs. I took it to the jeweler, and it’s taking a little trip back to the manufacturer. Evidently it’s a specialty cut. Sniff, sniff. Talk about withdrawls. I’m going nutty feeling my finger and not having it there!

I missed ya’ll! And I did get some knitting done. Except fingering weight yarn on size 2 needles doesn’t get anywhere quick. And, there was major savings happening at Kroger and Target this weekend. $194 in total product purchased, with $47 in savings, resulting in actual expenditures of $147. Go me! Those loyalty coupons were used well!

I’ll try to at least swing by and say hi tonight. Hope to be back in the full swing of things soon.

February 23, 2007

Disconnected

Filed under: It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 8:48 am

Oh sure. Now you decide to crap out on me. My Zed’s laptop decided to go belly up recently. There is a known issue with the connection from the external power connector to the motherboard. Local computer shop wanted $300 to fix it. Um. The laptop’s not worth that. So, I’m relying on the assistance of a friend to possibly get it fixed.

But that means that this weekend, I will, *gasp* *horror* *shock* be disconnected from you. From the internet. From all things that are good. I’m at a loss. I’ll be back though. I miss you all already.

On the bright side, imagine all the knitting I’ll get done.

February 22, 2007

Thursday Thirteen, Ed. xxvi

Filed under: Thursday Thirteen — by InterstellarLass @ 10:17 am

Thirteen Thoughts from InterstellarLass

1. It has warmed up nicely this week. Highs have been in the 60’s and 70’s. A nice change from the cold temps we were having.

2. I went to a happy hour last night for another co-worker that is leaving. I have a tiny headache.

3. Zed is getting good in the kitchen. On Tuesday night I taught him how to cut a tomato. Both slices and diced.

4. Both kids love to help me cook. I’m doing better at being more patient and giving them more to do.

5. I start my new job on Monday! I’m both excited and nervous.

6. I’m a little bit sad to be leaving some of my friends here. I was thinking about it on the way in to work yesterday. I almost cried. I probably will cry tomorrow.

7. I haven’t cleaned enough off my desk. I need to get on that today. Lots of papers to file away.

8. I joined a knitting group that meets locally. Then I found out that the organizer has been AWOL for the last two months. So I started my own group! And people are joining!

9. I haven’t led a group of anything in a couple of years. The last time I did, I was President of a young professionals group. We did a couple of fund raisers, and聽there were two of us that聽ended up doing all the work. It was fun, but exhausting. I think a knitting group is more low-key.

10. I get nervous about meeting new people sometimes, but I know this should be fun. I’m always afraid that there will be a mean person or a total whacko that makes it not fun for everyone else. Knitting needles can be sharp! And the scissors…if you hear of a knitting accident in the news, you’ll know it didn’t go well for me.

11. Neither kid has a game this weekend! What am I going to do?!? No soccer?!? No basketball?!?聽Boo Hoo!聽馃槮

12. Last weekend I got a baby fix. Everyone seems to be having babies lately, and I’m the tiniest bit sad that I’m not. But we got to visit some friends, and I got to hold a little two-week old baby for most of the afternoon. She slept the whole time. It was so sweet to get to cuddle her!

13. Nick will read the statement above, and then IM me and tell me not to start the wishful thinking again. He’s such a spoil sport.

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February 20, 2007

Love is a Coupon

Filed under: Funnies,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 6:38 pm

Dear InterstellarLass,

Thank you! Many people shop with us, but few are as loyal to you. We also know that you’ve secretly been considering a loyalty shift to Tom Thumb, as they offer airline miles for every dollar spent. And they have a fuel center at their store, so you can get airline miles AND 10 cents off every gallon after spending $100 in groceries. To bribe you into shopping with us show our appreciation, we’ve teamed up with some of your favorite brands to bring you extra BEST-CUSTOMER-ONLY savings on products you can use.

Blah Blah Blah.

Sincerely,
President of the Kroger Southwest

Enclosed with the lovely letter above were indeed several coupons that made my heart skip with glee. $2.00 off $10.00 spent in the Meat Department! $3.00 off $15.00 spent in the Produce Department! $6.00 off $60.00 when you spend in one transaction*. Those were the biggies. There were also $9.10 in other coupons for products that I do buy. My heart sped up, my eyes brightened. I was jonesing for the flourescent lights and piped-in music. It’s not enough that I spent $101.15 Sunday night (and saved $22.55 –聽or 18% of my grocery bill – in Coupon, Bonus Coupon and Kroger Plus Savings).

No, they want more. And the clencher? They happen to be adding a Fuel Center at my very own Signature Kroger! Joy! Rapture! Glee! No more carefully calculated trips to my nearest Fuel Center (one block over and 8 lights up) that’s just slightly out of my way from my normal daily activities.

Boy, I sure do go cheap, don’t I. Throw me a convenient 10 cents off per gallon of gas and $18.10 in coupons, and I’m yours. You sure know me Kroger. I knew our love was strong.聽聽

*Total excludes Alcohol, Tobacco Products, Fuel, Gift Cards, Taxes, Prescriptions, and Customer Care Center Services.

February 19, 2007

One Step Closer

Filed under: Elle & Zed,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 8:09 am

My kids continued their sporting streak this weekend. Zed’s team made the playoffs with a 32-14 win on Friday night. Kind of exciting considering that less than five minutes before game-time we had three players and were staring down the face of a forfeit. Our last two kids ran in right at the jump-ball. Zed had a scary little finger-jam on an early rebound attempt, but he fought his way through the rest of the game.

Elle had her first slumber party Friday night. And still, Saturday morning, I picked her up at 7:15 am to get her to soccer. It was a cool freezing at about 8 am. Plus wind. Still, our girls played聽hard (and bundled up) and won the game. Elle scored two goals in contribution to her teams 10-0 win. It was fun to win, but we’ve been on the other end of that score before too. I also was almost beaned from behind by a soccer ball. A group of crazy men were playing a game behind us. They had these teeny tiny goals about 2 feet wide and 3 feet high. Some of those loonies guys were out there playing in tanks and shorts. I was in a coat, gloves and had a blanket for extra warmth. It was one of their goal attempts that flew by my right ear, barely missing me.

Later, Elle’s basketball team ended their first season with a win – their third in a row – and for a winning record, 4-3-1. This one was a聽hard game at the end. Going into the 4th quarter we were up 10-2. Then the referees made some calls that resulted in several trips to the line for the other team and the score got run up for the other team. We held the ball at our end for the last 14 seconds to eke out an 11-10 victory. There are no playoffs for her league until next year. That’s OK. I need a X*n*x to make it through her games anyway. There’s too many misses and almosts and oh mans for me.

We have a three week break before our next soccer game. Between bye-weeks, a rescheduled game and spring break, I’m going to be jonesing for a little futbol. Zed’s playoffs will be sometime this week, with some possible week-night games. Do you think I’ll scare the other parents if I paint the team logo on my face?

And, I think I should note here that I know it’s not all about the winning. No matter what, I always tell my kids that they played a good, hard, clean game. Sometimes the other team is just better, sometimes our kids just don’t come together. Elle’s soccer team this weekend played one of their best games. They actually executed like their coach聽had taught them. They don’t always do this. But when they do, we have great games. Maybe my cheering is a little louder than other moms,聽but I聽am very competitive. It’s part of who I am. I love watching my kids play. And I love seeing them succeed. I’m their mom. 馃檪

February 18, 2007

Called Out

Filed under: Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 4:33 pm

My nice, sweet little bl*g recently received a comment on an old post. And the comment is one that ever-so-briefly steamed me. I do not set out to offend, but I’m sure that I can from time to time. It’s not intentional. I like to get along with people. Make friends, not enemies, that kind of thing. But when I am accused of聽(or given credit for) being the reason a stereotype exists, I’m going to have to correct that misconception.

ster路e路o路type [ster-ee-uh-tahyp] noun, verb, -typed, -typ路ing, noun Sociology.

– a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group: The cowboy and Indian are American stereotypes.

ar路che路type [ahr-ki-tahyp] 鈥搉oun

– In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic image that is derived from the past collective experience of humanity and is present in the unconscious of the individual.

Stereotypes exist because people of a collective culture exhibit them. They do not exist because I observe them. I did not define the stereotype of ‘Latino gang-banger’. But when I see tear-drop tattoos, shaved heads, white K-Swiss tennis shoes with knee-high white socks, a white sleeveless t-shirt (also known as a wife-beater), and long blue jean shorts, that is a ‘look’ associated with that stereotype. Add in a flannel shirt buttoned at the top button only, and the ensemble is complete.

In order to identify with a particular culture or group, people create signs, symbols, fashions, etc. to call their own. They want their appearance to signify “I belong to this group and you can tell by the way I wear my hair and the clothes and shoes and tattoos that I choose.” They create their owns archetypes. Black culture does the same thing through fashion and music. “Goth Kids” do the same thing through fasion and music. People feel the need to belong. Stereotypes and archetypes exist because people give them life. They create them on purpose. They promote them through fashion, music, and culture. They live them.

Adam, you give me entirely too much credit for having the power to create, promote, assign and maintain “Stereotypes” among people. People like you like you scream ‘stereotype’ and ‘hater’ because you have nothing better to do. You want to create an arguement, but you have no arguement. Introspection is too painful, so you turn it on others. “OH yeah, well you…” fill in the blank.

And the fact that Nick and I were the only white people in the place…is exactly that. A FACT. We were. And we got looks and stares and attention. It wasn’t said but it was implied: “Hey Whitey…what are you doing in OUR place.” Welcomed and accepted? No, tolerated聽is the word I would use. I wonder what stereotypes were associated with us by the other patrons of Chicos? Because you KNOW they did.

Had I said they were bad people because of their ‘stereotypical’ appearance, that would have been one thing. I didn’t make any judgements on their character. Instead I described the scene in which I found myself and assigned it to an archetype with which I had experience.

Stereotypes will exist until we all end up wearing beige pant suits, we have the same hair, eye, and skin color, we all speak with the same language in the same tone, we all live in the same kind of house, have the same kind of car and on and on and on…in other words, always.

So, Adam, please. If you want to have a debate that’s fine. But only with a statement that makes sense. You can’t use the Chewbacca defense on me.

February 15, 2007

My Sweet Baboo

Filed under: It's Me, Lass,Married Life,Mr. Wonderful — by InterstellarLass @ 11:16 pm

Some of you asked for it, and聽I also had to correct my statement regarding Nick being the MacGyver of聽聽home-made cardmaking. The correct phrase he used was that he is the MacGyver of Romance. So here is my sweet Valentines card that I got from my sweet Wookiee hubby. Sorry for the crummy quality, but I was having a hard time with glare and focus.






I cried. Because I’m sentimental like that.

Thursday Thirteen, Ed. xxv

Filed under: Thursday Thirteen — by InterstellarLass @ 10:09 am

Thirteen Thoughts from InterstellarLass

1. If you’ve never received a home made Valentine’s card, you are missing out.

2. Colored file folders: 12 cents each; Glue Stick: $1.09; office scissors: free; Sharpie: $1.25; Making your wife burst into tears from the sheer sweetness of the sentiment: Priceless

3. Nick is now the self-proclaimed MacGyver of home made card-making.

4. We got to enjoy a nice quiet dinner last night, then stopped for coffee. It was a good date.

5. Can you say “Damn it’s cold outside?” Alright, all together now: “Damn it’s cold outside!

6. It was snowing this morning. Our fifth snow event in Texas this winter. This is unheard of people.

7. Today’s snow is just the baby dust in the air. It is not turning into eleventy billion feet of snow like in other places, so I’ll just shut up now.

8. Wrigley’s butt was especially offensive last night. She’s probably just upset that she didn’t get a Valentine. She got extra treats though. She was passed out right聽under my feet, and I had to sit with my shirt over my nose to avoid dying of toxic poisoning. For some reason Nick insisted he didn’t smell it. Hmmm…

9. The whole family is expected at Zed’s band concert tonight. I wonder if he’s nervous.

10. Tomorrow night is Zed’s last basketball game. We’re not sure if his coach is coming back due to his work schedule. Zed will be very bummed if he has to switch teams because this guy is a great coach and Zed really wants to play for him again.

11. Elle is going to her first slumber party tomorrow night. I hope that goes well. And that they don’t go to bed too late because she has to be at a soccer game at 7:45 am. That’s just wrong on all levels.

12. I have a whole list of doctor appts I need to make before my last day. I have a 30-day waiting period for benefits at my new job. I think that’s wrong, but what can you do.

13. Anyone know how to get a recording off of a DVR (not a Tivo)? One of our local news anchors did something that just has to be shared, and the video isn’t on the local news site.

14. *Bonus. Here ya go MommaK…a view of where I am.

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2. Gypsy
3. MommaK
4. TSM
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February 14, 2007

Cupid, Draw Back Your Bow

Filed under: Elle & Zed,It's Me, Lass,Mr. Wonderful — by InterstellarLass @ 9:43 am

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Granted, it’s a manufactured holiday, but I don’t think it hurts to tell someone you love them. And don’t take for granted that someone does love you and that you mean a lot to them.

I was reminded of that early this morning. Nick took Elle to school early, and I didn’t get to see her before she left. About fifteen minutes after her school started, my cell phone rang. Elle was on the other end in tears. I’m thinking, Uh oh, she’s forgotten/lost/broken her glasses or she left her Valentin(m)es at home or she left her party item at home. She started off:

Elle: Mommy I love you.
Me: I love you too baby. What’s the matter?
Elle: I love you Mommy and I miss you.
Me: I know sweetie. What’s the problem?
Elle: I didn’t get to see you this morning and wish you Happy Valentimes Day.
Me: Oh baby. I know. I got your Valentine and I love you too. Thank you. I want you to have a good day today. Cheer up baby.
Elle: OK Mommy. I love you.
Me: I love you too.

She’s my bundle of energy, my ball of fire, my tough little girl. But she’s also my sweet, sensitive, loving little girl that loves to give hugs and kisses and send sweet ‘notes’ to you and leave them on your pillow. For Valentine’s she’ll get these earrings and bracelet. She’ll have to grow in to the bracelet, but the price was right.

Zed is easier to make happy. A box of size 3聽B-flat clarinet reeds ($25 for a box of 10!) and a haircut make him happy as a clam and makes聽me a “rockin’ mom”. But then buying him Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team for his Valentine gift helps.

Nick got me a dozen red roses. And lest you think he skipped on the romanticism of the day, I also received a t-shirt. But not just any t-shirt. A sexy Wookiee t-shirt. Featuring the other hairy man in my life, Chewbacca. A while back he also burned me a copy of a song called “Chewbacca” by Supernova. Wookiee singing is music to my ears. (Check out a sample of track 9.)聽Thanks baby for developing my inner nerd. I’ve always known I was a nerd at heart, but was afraid to show it. Now I relish in my nerd-ness. What a wookiee!

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