Posts Tagged: journal

Our sink is empty. Our dishes are clean.

First order of business – I’ve been laid off from my job. I started working for Pearson when it was Macmillan Publishing on April 25, 1994. I just cross the threshold of 26 years at the same job. In the middle of May, my position was eliminated, along with a number of other co-workers who

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Things I’ve been doing lately (instead of blogging)

Things I’ve been doing instead of blogging: Taking a scene writing class from the Indiana Writer’s Center (I also took a world building class at IWC taught by Maurice Broaddus). I don’t know yet if this is helping me write better, but it is helping me procrastinate. Taking a sewing class from Crimson Tate our

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Things I Won’t Do Again

2012 Update: Going through my drafts folder, I found this old post from Aug 24, 2010 that I never put up, but should have. AKA, my “Fuck It” list. Inspired by Unclutterer, who was in turn inspired by Amy KR. I will never again: feel guilty for not attending every event I’m invited to. feel

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Bike Trailer Cart Project

Hell, now that I have to blog for real instead of just saving links, I may as well go for broke. Here’s something I’ve been working on lately – making a cargo trailer for my bike out of an old kids bike trailer. I picked one up for $3 at the Goodwill Outlet. That’s a

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All Caught Up

I spent the weekend editing and uploading my entire backlog of photos since November. I’v been perpetually several months behind since we went to England last year and I had the overwhelming backlog of photos to deal with. It took me practically the entire two days, but my Flickr photostream is now up to date.

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Weekend Update – My Fair Lady, Roller Derby and Canasta

Stephanie and I went with our friend Elizabeth to Bloomington, Ind. this weekend to visit Joe and see My Fair Lady performed by the Cardinal Stage Company at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. I’ve never seen the show onstage; I’ve only seen the movie musical and that was when I was young, so I didn’t have full

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swimming across the current

You know how you have those stories that affect you but they aren’t exactly yours to tell, so you hesitate to bring them up? I’ve been going back and forth with that lately. I wrote at the beginning of March about dealing with our rental house and the clean-up efforts post-tenant occupation. Stephanie’s dad came

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Way to go, Ace

Had an accident in the parking lot at work. Yeah, I’m feeling like I own the world right about now. Yeah. I kinda want to crawl into bed for a week and not come out, given this and a whole host of other stuff. I need to take some vacation days.

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Question: Just not that into you…

Anon Question: Have you ever been dating someone who is obviously more into you than you are them? How did you handle it? That that scenario has really never come up for me. I have to be really into someone to start dating them, actually. If I wasn’t very into someone, I turned them down.

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Question: birthday redos

Anon Question: If you had to live your 16th birthday or your 21st birthday over and over for a month, which would you choose? I wish I remembered either one well, actually. I have a terrible memory and don’t recall what I was doing either time. That really is why I take photos and why

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Questions & Answers

Question from a friend: How risqué are we allowed to get with these questions? 😉 Oh, what the heck. As risqué as you want. Bring it, baby! I say that now, but watch me get bashful when you actually ask them. Anon Question from Formspring: If you could spend three days (two nights) anywhere in

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Question: Have you bought any clothing in the last week?

Yes, I’m hunting around for things to write about, and picking random questions from the internet. My friend Matt has been doing a 30 day blogging project, and I was sort of interested in doing something similar except not the same. Possibly something that makes no sense. And that doesn’t obligate me to write everyday

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Overdue Crushable: My Wife

Since I’ve been talking about crushable women a bunch lately, I realize I’ve been remiss about writing about the most crushable of them all – my beautiful wife Stephanie. I know I talk about her occasionally and post photos, but I haven’t really gone all out very many times, have I? I know I’m probably

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I’m Free to do what I want any old time

Finally out of the house after the crappy ice storm. Sadly, I’m thrilled to be at work. My life, she is so exciting, yes? We made it through three days being stuck at home, although not without casualties. Eddie (that would be Stephanie’s Rabbit, for those who may be joining us late) suffered a flat

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Car door iced shut

Signs of the Icepocalypse 2011. We managed to chip through it to start the cars. But we’re due to get more, so we’ll see. Working from home today.

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Ringing out 2010

Yesterday we had a mini earthquake here in Indiana and this time I actually felt it, because I was still lying in bed like a lazy person on vacation, because I was a lazy person on vacation. It felt like a harbinger, a bellwether. I have been significantly lackadaisical lately about nearly everything except work.

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My grandfather and I in 1971

Leroy F. Mineart Dec. 10, 1918 – Oct. 27, 2010 Me playing with my grandpa in January 1971 Leroy F. Mineart, 91, of Brighton, died at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at Halcyon House in Washington. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Saints Joseph and Cabrini Church in East Pleasant

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Electric Tea Kettle Heaven

A couple weekends ago, I was out with my mom and we each bought an electric tea kettle like this. I used to think this was a superfluous item; you can heat water in the microwave or in a kettle on the stove. But after using one at the B&B in England, I warmed to

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News from around the house

A couple weeks ago, we took the local ABATE motorcycle training class to get our licenses so we can ride the scooter – and Stephanie and I both passed. It’s fairly intense – Friday after work for 5 hours, all day Saturday and a good chunk of the day Sunday. I was glad to get

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old golf balls

When I was a kid living in Ankeny, Iowa, living on Belmont Street, my dad had a yellow-ish plastic bucket of old golf balls in the garage. He kept them for golf practice, I guess – although I don’t know how good they were for that, given that they had gouges out of them and

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Weekend Update 2010-08-23

We spent a good chunk of Saturday at my mom’s helping her clean out her garage and get rid of stuff that needed to go to heavy trash. I’m pretty happy at what we were able to accomplish there. It seems much easier to help other people organize their stuff for some reason than it

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26 Things

Back in 1999, people on the internet were trading the meme called “100 Things” where you wrote 100 things that people might not know about you, and you posted them on your site. I started my list but never got beyond 26 items, so I never put it on my site. In cleaning out some

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Weekend Update 2010-06-15

We managed to miss out on pride this weekend – I didn’t feel well due to something I ate on Friday (or Thursday) and I didn’t want to spend the entire festival in a port-a-let, or trying to find a port-a-let, or thinking about poo. I felt enough better by noon to visit the INDIEhandicraft

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The Queen says hi!

Despite my whining about seat assignments, we ended up together on the plane. The first leg of the trip was on a tiny jet but the Boeing 757 wasn’t bad at all. It was an overnight flight, but we didn’t get much sleep on the plane, so we’ve been catching up here. Once we landed,

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Wheel of Fortune Tryouts

Last weekend, there were Wheel of Fortune tryouts locally, and Stephanie and our friend Melissa decided to go see if they could get on the show, and I tagged along to take photos. This is definitely Stephanie’s game show – she’s very good at it. Watching the show with her is fun, if a bit

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Our friend Judy’s Obituary

Our friend from knitting class, Judy Morris, died on April 2nd after a long battle with cancer. She was a warm, sweet, funny person and a very talented knitter. Here Judy is modeling a sweater she just finished, along with a Santa she made in a photo I took in December. Her Obituary from the

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New Baby Dillon

My brother Scott and his wife Bethany have a new baby boy named Dillon. He’s my first nephew, and was he was born on February 13th at 5:24 p.m.

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February Blahs

Seasonal Affective Disorder has hit me full in the face in the last several weeks, and sadly, my 365 project is a casualty. Between a number or projects at work and the weather, I can’t seem to get photos processed and online. I’m actually not far behind on taking the pictures, but my enthusiasm for

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Weekend Update 2010-01-19

Nope, I haven’t quit the 365 photo project, I’m just behind on putting the photos I’ve taken up. I know – three day weekend for me and I couldn’t get it done. But I was working on the project — I want to do some portrait work, and we have a southern-exposure window that I

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Dealbreakers

You know how you find a site that you really like, and you read it and enjoy it and show it to everyone you know? And you go along and after awhile the site changes, and you find yourself enjoying it less and less, and then there gets to be a point at which you

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365 project – Day 12: Stephanie’s Scarf

I’m absolutely in love with this one – a scarf I’m making for Stephanie in two different varigated yarns, alternating rows, in a rib pattern that I got from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s site. I finally got settled down with all the indecision about what new project I was going to try, and all the thought I

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365 project – Day 10: Knitting at Home

I dithered back and forth about what new yarn to use and what new stitch pattern to try, until I drove myself nuts. Stephanie’s not feeling well, and I don’t feel great either, so I opted for comfort, and grabbed scrap yarn and the Roku remote. I’ve been watching Season 2 of MI:5 and knitting

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365 project – Day 4

The view from my window at work. BRRRRRR. I hate leaving the house in cold weather. When does spring roll around? Oh, wait, we have a lot to do before then. Like prepping for our trip to England. We’re taking my mom to see my sister and her kids. Should be fun. Dunno how I’d

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Farewell, 2009 (a year in pictures)

Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today! We had a pretty calm but eventful year in 2009. I spend a chunk of January getting our staircase room painted, and we also stripped the wallpaper and painted a bedroom at Stephanie’s rental house. I also went back on a walk through of my former home at 2165 N.

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December? Oh my.

Wow – time to wrap up the year, and I’m utterly at loose ends with various projects. I’ve been working steadily on knitting projects, and organizing the house, two areas where we’ve made some pretty big gains. We’re steadily getting through the mounds of papers that need to be filed or thrown out, with the

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Things I’ve Learned on the Internet

The long and involved commented I posted on this Cute Overload post, just because it’s one of those things I’ve finally figured out after being on the internet for over 20 years. When I’m walking down the hall and I accidentally step on someone’s toes, I apologize for it and take a moment to make

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Weekend Updates 2009-08-31

I took Thursday and Friday of last week off and created for myself a four day weekend. That was fun. I got some organizing projects done around the house, and played around a bit with a photography project. The end result of the photography project wasn’t great – but I know what I need to

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Weekend Update, early August

So, we got a scooter. The plan is to ride it to work. For now, Stephanie and I are both going to share the Buddy 125, and later, if it works out money-wise, I’ll get my own Scooter. It’s been 20-some years since I rode my brother’s moped, so I’m shaky on the corners, but

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Blue Meanies

I’ve been in quite a blue funk lately. A large chunk of that is due to hitting 41, which seems to have affected me more than 40 did by a large margin. The “thinking about mortality” issues that advance with each turn of the year tend to thrust themselves into my conscious mind with alarming

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Almost Packed

We’re in the final throes of packing for our trip. This year we put together a spreadsheet on Google Docs of all the stuff we know we need to take, and we’re going through and checking off items as we speak. Phoebe is cleaned up and ready to be loaded. And the pets are all

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Roswell R2K Road Trip Prep

Today is my last Friday of work before vacation – 2 weeks of it! We’re going to go to the official Last Roswell R2K New Beetle event – this is the annual New Beetle car show that Stephanie attends in Roswell, New Mexico. It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Volkswagen New Beetle, and Stephanie’s car

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My Lenses – Let me show you them!

I’ve been knee-deep in photography-related activities lately but have barely written about them here, other than posting a few pictures. Let me fill you in on how things have been going. Looks like I wrote about my camera back in July after I got it, outlining how I made the decision to go with my

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Thank Maude for Spring

At some point I HAVE to sit down and finally create and install a real masthead for this blog. It was one of those things I just didn’t get around to when I was reworking the site – and it was a small enough piece that I thought I would squeeze it in. But every

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Economic Meltdown Articles of Interest

There are a couple news items about the economy that I found to be tremendously helpful. I’ve linked to them from one or another of my links posts, but it’s very much worth it to pull them out and highlight them, because knowledge is power, and more average people need a really good understanding of

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All good things…

So it’s Friday, and my last full day of vacation. It’s interesting to me that I spent so long feeling like I was missing some sort of creative outlet, but when I had a bunch of free time, I didn’t sit down and start a creative project, but instead did a hundred little projects around

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A little of this, a little of that

It’s Thursday, and I have yet to do a real non-link related blog post, despite the fact that I’ve been off work all week. So what the hell have I been doing all this time? De-stressing. And it’s been fantastic. I’ve spent the whole time without any agenda. Well, that’s actually not true; I had

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Ennui

I’ve been rather blue lately. I’m feeling creatively frustrated. I have some idea in my head that I can’t quite get out – like that time when you had that really fantastic dream, and just as you woke up, you thought “I gotta remember this!” at the same time all the details start sliding away

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Goodbye, Twitter

There are lots of Twitter critics out there, and I have rolled my eyes at their criticism over the past several years in blog posts on this site. My opinion of most of their opinions has changed very little. I still believe most of them are wrong about their objections. For the most part, Twitter

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2009

Eight days into the new year, and I’m finally getting around to making some resolutions. So I’m already off to a great start! Woo Hoo! This should be great. 1) I need to get physically fit. I need to be stronger, more flexible and have better balance and stamina. The photography hobby I’ve taken up

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Hanging around the house

Yup, I have the whole week off. My one thing I really need to accomplish is to come up with a site design for my friend Chi. Other than that, I can kick around for the whole week. Yay! We spend the last several days visiting family for the holidays. We spent Christmas Eve with

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Glare Ice

I carved a truck out of a block of ice this morning and drove it to work. I’m quite proud of my sculpting skills. It looks just like a red Ford Ranger with a silver shell cap. We’ve been managing to keep up with things a bit better lately. Of course, this has a lot

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Xmas Busy Busy Busy

Last night I did some major decorating of the front porch – we have garlands around all the porch posts with big red bows on them, and giant red bells hanging. Stephanie gave me candle lights for the windows for Xmas last year — they’re cool because they’re wireless and come on automagically, so you

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Blogiversary?

Way back in the dark ages when I started this site, I didn’t manage to keep track of the date. It was before blogger software, and before it was even affordable to own a domain name for a personal site (it cost in the $200 range to purchase one). I believe – but am not

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I heard the news today, oh boy…

I’ve tried numerous times to stop blogging about political matters. I’m not any sort of expert on them, and they do make me frazzled in a way that isn’t always healthy. There are lots of cool things going on in our lives that I should be talking about instead. But like many people I know,

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Impromptu Ikea Trip

Stephanie and I were invited to show our art car at a show in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend, and our original plans were to take advantage of that offer. But Spike seemed to be having so much trouble that we decided to stay home Friday night. It was the right decision, because he needed

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Random News from Home

Friday was Stephanie’s birthday, so I took a lot of pictures. While were were hanging out outside Barcelona Tapas talking, I took a bunch of pictures at the Corner of Alabama and Ohio Street. We spent all day Sunday putting more bottle caps on the car. Last night we went to see the Indianapolis Indians

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Damn, where’d all my free time go?

I’m sitting here making out our “To Do” list for this weekend, which includes: Putting together new treadmill discarding non-functioning television putting loads of stuff on ebay or craigslist. taking all the recycling to the recycling center laundry, laundry & more laundry Garrett’s birthday Church on Sunday Visit the rental house & install locks and

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Dear Diary…

So, it’s been a long time since we really sat down to chat, hasn’t it? I mean, we got back from the honeymoon, and it’s been a couple weeks, other than posting some photos of cool clocks and a video here and there (complete with misspellings in captions) I haven’t really talked much about life

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Just Married

Stephanie and I got married on Saturday. I would have blogged about it at the time, but for some reason, I had big bundle of gladiolas in my arms and no access to a keyboard. (How’d that happen?) I picked gladiolas for my bouquet because they’re what my Grandma Mineart carried in her wedding, and

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I has a package

The post office gave me a notice to come pick something up from them. I believe it would be my wedding dress. Yay! Wow, I’ve had a distinct lack of blogging here. That’s not for want of things to write, just time. I think I have three books I need to note on my “have

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Pack Rat

my utter lack of blogging lately has been entirely due to playing a Facebook game called pack rat. It’s a card trading game and is completely addicting. I’ve completely neglected numerous obligations to friends and household maintenance due to this game. In other news, my eye doctor says my eyes are healing exactly as expected.

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Weekend Update: 2008-01-06

Dunno what my last journal entry covered, so let me start at the top – we rang in 2008 at the traditional party at Dan and Doug’s, which is always fun and pretty low-key, and thankfully a few blocks away so we don’t have to risk life and limb. I got really toasted, but managed

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Wow – busy time

Long time, no bloggy. Hmmm. Went to our traditional Thanksgiving trip; Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Iowa with the extended Mineart family. Almost everyone was there – something like 48 family members all in the same house at the same time. Yep. I took lots of photos; most from the trip are up on Flickr.

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Colonoscopy Fun

So…… tomorrow I have to have a Colonoscopy. Woohoo! No, Katie Couric will not be there to film it. And yes, I am old. OLD. Just yesterday I was reminiscing about something that happened in college in 1987 – twenty years ago. a) I’m reminiscing now? Great. People just love that. b) I still think

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Writing? What me? I never do that any more…

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write a real journal entry – since we arrived home from our trip, actually. I spent a lot of time organizing my trip photos, and working on a site design for one of my friends. Most of my day to day updates end up on twitter,

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Caturday!

It’s Caturday! Here’s the photo set of my birthday pictures! There’s a really awesome picture of Dan in my birthday set; Stephanie snapped the photo just as a waiter dropped a glass in the kitchen and he jumped. And here are some pictures from woodruff place last weekend. See the whole photo set on Flickr.

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What I got for my Birthday by Steph Mineart

So, I’m 3×13! Yay! From my Dad, I got $100 – which I promptly used to by a pair of Crocs, and the rest I put in the bank for our trip. From Elizabeth I got “The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World” – a book that some blogs have referred to as “library porn”

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Weekend Update 2007-06-03

We went to Woodruff Place Flea Market yesterday, and only got done with middle drive before I pooped out because I was hot and tired. It was also kind of a pain with Spike. I’ve taken him to it before, but it was far more crowded this time, so I had to think about him

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Weekend To Dos

Taxes – Stephanie is finishing these up. She’s awesome. Hallway painting – I’m painting two walls in the upstairs hallway where the Beetle collectible display shelves will go. This will let us finally unpack and arrange those boxes. we’ve been delaying that unpacking because we didn’t want to have to move the shelves when we

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Balcony Finished

The contractor we hired to re-deck our balcony finished in two days flat, which is pretty impressive. This was a new contractor we hired, because the guy who’s been working on our gutters for eight months couldn’t manage to get to the balcony job, and we’ve had water coming into our kitchen all winter. But

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Weekend Update 2007-02-26

We had a pretty quiet weekend around here. I went to water aerobics with my new suit, which is awesome. Stephanie went skating. Her dad decided against coming down to visit because Valpo got hit with a storm, which knocked out the power for Stephanie’s mom. We went over to my old house to check

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Valentine Underpants

Stephanie stop at Old Navy yesterday while waiting for her hair appointment, and she bought a bunch of Valentine’s Day merchandise on high discount, including several pairs of my favorite kind of underwear. Then she hid them around the house while I was at water aerobics last night, because she’s leaving to go to a

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Valentine’s Day, Snow Day

I had a second snow day today (I worked at home yesterday, due to inclement weather) and Stephanie had the day off as well because we couldn’t get her car out in the morning. So we spent the morning digging out the street with the help of our neighbor Craig… and in the afternoon, I

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2007

I have this trouble where I try very hard not to do something — drop a screw, tip over a paint can, upend a box of packing peanuts — and whatever I’m working so hard to avoid is exactly what I end up doing, because I’m trying way too hard. That same self-defeating thing happens

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we’ve been going non-stop

And I haven’t had a free moment to blog. Or perhaps I have, but I spent it trying to unwind instead. We’ve been to parties galore, but I haven’t got the pictures off my camera yet. On Saturday morning we went to my company’s warehouse book sale and walked away with 91 books for about

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We Have Achieved Christmas Tree

I’m very excited – we have our tree up, and a few other decorations out. We still have to put ornaments on the tree, but that’s the really fun part. We can put Christmas music on and bebop around the house, although we’ll do that Thursday night, because Stephanie’s teaching skating tonight. I think tonight

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Ah, sweet internet, how I love you

Our router was acting up at home, so we’ve been offline all weekend since we returned home from Thanksgiving. I finally isolated the problem as the router’s power source, and fixed the problem and reset everything this morning. So our home network is back online, thank goodness. Sort of ironic, given that I was so

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Crazy Week

I’ve been trying to catch a few minutes to write about the blogger forum with progressive candidates that I attended last Friday, but it’s been such a hectic week I haven’t had a chance. Among other things, I joined the Y this week. I’ve been going regularly for water aerobics, and eventually you have to

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Weekend Update 2006-09-25

Friday night we went to Hogeye Naavy’s concert for “International Talk Like a Pirate day” at the German Liederkranz Club on Washington Street. See the concert photo album Hogeye Naavy is a really fun band that plays sea shantys and traditional folk music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America. Their instruments include concertinas, bagpipes,

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Scary Kid Stuff (with pictures!)

Paul the Spud at Shakespeare’s Sister asks the question “What creeped you out as a kid?” and got quite a few responses. Here are mine, many of which were from TV shows that I probably shouldn’t have been watching. 1. The Star Trek episode “Miri” where the crew beams down to a planet that at

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Weekend Update 2006-07-31

We spent the weekend doing lots of work on the house — unpacking things on Saturday, and with the help of our friends David and Garrett we moved quite a bit more stuff from Stephanie’s house. There are still a few more loads, but the bulk of the moving is finished. Our house is pretty

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Freshly Poured Concrete

I went to Bagel Fair this morning to get a bagel and coffee for breakfast. There’s a construction crew around the building on scaffolding working on the exterior, and they were also pouring fresh concrete on the sidewalk in front of the building. To get into the store, you had to walk across a wooden

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Weekend Update 2006-04-09

On the design front, I’ve been restructuring my cascading style sheets for this site; separating layout markup into a separate style sheet than the one for design (color, font face, size etc.) and doing a bit of testing on that. That will help when I finally get my new design in order and start building.

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Stop Looking for Occasions to Be Offended

I’m bookmarking this page entirely for my own self-awareness, but if you happen to find it helpful, that would be cool also. Stop Looking for Occasions to Be Offended When you live at or below ordinary levels of awareness, you spend a great deal of time and energy finding opportunities to be offended. A news

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Don’t Be That Guy

Cool Design Guy Brian Veloso has a fun forum called “Don’t Be That Guy” where you can post stories about the people who step on you in traffic, at work, as clients, etc. It’s a funny idea, but I’m afraid I’m too often “that guy” (or girl, if you’re hung up on the gender of

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Weekend Update 2006-03-19

It’s been one of those weekends where I putter about and do a lot of little organizing and putting things away, but the house seems as cluttered as when I started. I hauled a lot of the recycling in (I still need to work on the paper/cardboard recycling) but there are still major areas I

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I feel like crap. I really do.

I have a very strange cold, and have felt wonky all week; thus the quiet time, site wise. We went to Doug’s 40th Birthday Party, which I should have both blogged and posted photos about, but I’ve been both crazy-busy and feeling really weird. I’ll put up recent photos soon.

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Blogs are a viable form of writing

The Financial Times has an article criticizing the “blogging” phenomenon, which is one of many that have been written in the mainstream press in the last 6 months. This whole “anti-blogging” movement generated by the mainstream press strikes me as really pretentious and absurd on the part of “journalists.” People have been recording their thoughts

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My Grandfather’s Having Surgery

My grandfather’s having surgery this morning. It’s not a difficult procedure, but because of his age, the doctors are worried about him being under a general anesthetic. So say a few prayers today, if you get a chance.

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A Johari Window of my very own..

Hat tip to Dustbury, who posted about this…. A Johari Window is where you get to talk about how great I am. Yeah, that’s it. Heh. Actually, you can read the real definition here at Wikipedia It’s a personality tool, and there’s an online version, that you can help me with, if you want. Anyway,

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Mini-Derby Cars

My dad made me three of these kick-ass cool cars when I was in elementary school, as part of the YMCA Indian Princesses Mini Derby race. They’re carved out of a block of wood and then painted. The idea was to race them down a track, and prizes would be awarded for the winners, and

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New TV

My friend Joel gave me his old 36″ TV because he upgraded. It’s funny, I’ve never actually bought a TV myself. My very first TV was a 13″ color set given to me by a college roommate. My second TV was a really old 19″ color TV that wasn’t cable ready and didn’t have a

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2006

I promise in 2006 not to start an unnecessary war based on a lie with insufficient troops to whom after three years of fighting I still haven’t given enough body armor or a plan for victory. Just kidding. I’m totally going to do that. Here are my real resolutions: 1. MORE GAY SEX IN 2006.

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I have a cold

This is one of those completely self-involved, totally uninteresting to anyone but me posts… I have a bad cold. I’m a human snot factory right now, and I have cold shivers. Fortunately I’m on vacation this week, and I was planning on hanging about the house anyway. But this sort of takes some of the

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All I Want

All I want to do with my life is to go to work, work hard all day, come home, and sit down with my dog and my girlfriend and read some books. And then later, take a walk around the block. Why is it I can’t seem to make that happen? Why does everything always

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Weekend Update 2005-10-24

The end of my vacation went out with a bang. On Saturday, we went up to Chicago to celebrate my friend Amy’s birthday by seeing the musical Wicked at the beautiful Ford Oriental Theatre. Then we had dinner and Rainforest Cafe and drove home. Sunday my friend Kathy came over and helped Stephanie and I

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Weekend Update 2005-08-29

We had out garage sale over the weekend, and it was a lot of work for very little result, unfortunately. I made $63, Stephanie made something like $20, and both of us practically killed ourselves preparing and tearing everything down. Most of it was that we didn’t have enough traffic; there were lots of people

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Weekend Update: King Kong at IMA

Stephanie and I saw King Kong with Dan and Doug, Josh, and David and Garrett on the Terrace at the IMA. It was great fun; the sound was much better than in the past, and I love seeing movies with Dan and Doug; I haven’t done that much recently, and I miss it. I spent

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Weekend Update 2005-07-11

We received a company e-mail this morning to tell us that one of our company’s employees from their London offices has been missing since Thursday’s attack. That’s very distressing news. I was discussing in an e-mail with my sister, who lives with her husband in a town outside London, the terrorist’s choice of targets. They’re

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June Photos — Stephanie gets a hair cut!

[edit needed: update photos] I adore her new hair cut. I think it looks amazing. She’s still getting used to it. She donated her long hair to Locks of Love. [correct link/photos/2005/06.30_june/index.html] Check out my other photos to see my neighbor’s yard sign — the one about Patrice Abduallah, our City-county council representative, who’s not

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Weekend Update 2005-06-13

Stephanie and I went to Valparaiso for the weekend to attend her 15 year class reunion. As a couple. The only gay couple there. It was like a mini pride celebration all by itself (since we missed the big event downtown). We even slow danced together during the evening. Very fun. No one seemed to

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Cooking

I’m not that great of a cook. I’m not terrible, either, but I find cooking to be very stressful, mainly because I have difficulty getting the timing of multi-course meals down correctly; I seem to never manage to get things all heated up at the same time in order to serve a meal. I’m not

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Weekend Update 2005-03-14

In addition to the rally we attended last week, Stephanie landed her loop during her skating lesson on Thursday, which is a major breakthrough and something she’s been working on for a long time. One of her fellow skaters filmed her doing the loop on his digital camera, so I’m hoping to see it soon.

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MLK Weekend Update

Stephanie and I had a busy weekend; we did a lot of shopping and a lot cuddling up at home trying to stay warm. We went to see Finding Neverland, which was a much sadder movie than I expected, and had I known that, I might not have gone to see it. We bought a

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Holiday recap

Between the weekend before Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, my girlfriend Stephanie and I: 1) decorated my house and put up my tree, then did the same at Stephanie’s house. 2) Attended Six family Christmases involving 3 road trips (my Grandma’s in Iowa, my mom, my dad, Stephanie’s mom, Stephanie’s Dad and Stephanie’s friend Michelle’s

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Weekend Update 2004-11-08

On Saturday, Stephanie and I drove to Cincinnati early in the morning for a figure skating competition that Stephanie was competing in. She won a fourth, third and first place medal in her three competitions. I got to meet several members of her former synchro skating team and other friends of hers, which was really

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Weekend Update 2004-09-27

Stephanie and I did a ton of work at my house this weekend to get the place ready for the party I’m throwing this coming Saturday. Mainly we did a lot of cleaning and organizing. The party will be a retro 80’s party… and in gathering up stuff to wear, we’ve seen tons of appropriate

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Labor Day Weekend Update

So on Friday it rained, so a couple of us from work spent our last summer hours Friday at Union Jacks, drinking. Otherwise I would have mowed the lawn. Later Stephanie and I went to Target and ate out at Colorado Steakhouse because we had zoo book coupons. I had a really great prime rib

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Weekend Update 2004-07-19

This weekend, I did a ton of work on my Dad’s website, and because of that we had to skip the Fever game on Friday. Saturday I worked on the site more. Saturday night, Stephanie and I went to Dan and Doug’s 70’s party, which was really fun. We dressed as random hippies, because the

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Weekend Update 2004-07-12

I didn’t get a change to blog about the July 4th weekend, because I was so busy last week working on the Brady Games website. It seems to be up and running well. Most of the weekend we did stuff around Stephanie’s house; just summer cleaning and organizing. We did go to David and Garrett’s

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Weekend Update 2004-06-29

Friday, Stephanie and I went to Girl’s Game Night and had fun. It was nice to see Lori, whom I haven’t seen in a while, and her friend Kat was fun. Saturday was busy because Stephanie had a skating competition downtown, and she had a compulsory event in the morning (she won second place) and

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Weekend Update 2004-06-07

I might have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating… I have a truly wonderful girlfriend. Stephanie is amazing and I am such a lucky person to know her and to have her in my life. 🙂 On Thursday, Stephanie and I went to an Indian’s game. Friday I went to her house and she

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Weekend Update 2004-06-03

On Friday night I grocery shopped and spent the evening at home with Spike. Stephanie went north to visit her parents and friends Friday and Saturday, and I worked on my Dad’s site and did some stuff around the house. I got caught up on laundry, finally did all the dishes, and generally organized stuff.

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Weekend Update 2004-05-18

Yes, I know it’s Tuesday, and this entry was due yesterday. Friday night I hosted the monthly lesbian pitch-in and had a nice turn out of 19 people. Mary Byrne and Tamara Tracy came to see my house, which was fun. There was some GREAT food. And I got to show off my girlfriend. Saturday

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Weekend Update 2004-05-10

I had a wonderful weekend. Didn’t accomplish that much around the house, but spent a lot of time with Stephanie. It was nice; helped us get over the stress of everything that happened earlier in the week.

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Weekend Update 2004-04-19

Friday Night – Kathy’s first softball game, visited the Ten with Chi & friends. Much drinking. Saturday – hangover. Ouch. Sunday – much gardening. Pretty. Reading — finished Lost in a Good Book, the sequel to The Eyre Affair. Fantastic read. Please buy both. I also watched Taxi Driver. Interesting movie. Amazing reading the reviews

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Weekend Update 2004-04-06

Friday night I bought the digital camera that I had been looking at. It kicks ass. Saturday I took Spike up to visit my mom and see my niece. He had fun, and was completely tired out by the experience. Sunday Dan and Doug and Melissa and I went out to lunch and went shopping.

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Weekend Update 2004-03-29

So I spent the whole weekend moving at a leisurely pace, which was very refreshing after months of whirlwind activity. Friday night was Girl’s Game Night at Vic’s/Outword Bound, which is always very fun. I bought The Truth About Jane and Tipping the Velvet on DVD from Outword Bound, which now has an online store,

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Weekend Update 2004-03-08

This weekend, I had Lori over to play games on Saturday, and later Melissa and I went out to Talbott Street. then on Sunday, Mike, Brent, Jim came over with all their equipment and had band practice in my foyer, along with their lead singer, Justin, who I met for the first time. They were

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Weekend Update 2004-03-02

Friday — Broadripple Brew Pub with co-workers. Fun, hangover. Saturday morning — got my hair cut and highlighted. Looks good. Watched Phonebooth. I enjoyed that. Although I thought he was kinda dumb for not walking away from the booth after the first call. I also did a tiny bit of work in the front yard.

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Weekend Update 2004-02-23

Date on Friday night. News about it later. Saturday night I went to a very fun party at Troy’s (beautiful) house and had a great time, and got complimented on how good I looked, which made me feel great. I had some great conversations, and also meet Troy’s foreign exchange student Frederick, a German kid

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Weekend Update 2004-02-17

Kathy helped me finish the baseboards on Saturday. They didn’t come out as neat as I would have liked, and I was upset about it, but she helped talk me down. Then we moved all of my living room furniture in. The bookcases are partially moved in, and the rest will be finished later this

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Weekend Update 2004-02-09

So, this weekend I learned how to use my miter saw and Kathy helped me cut the baseboards for the living room. Then we went out Saturday night to a open mike concert that was quite fun. We saw DJ and Chi and Tracy and hung out listening to some great music. I ended up

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Weekend Update 2004-01-20

Dan and Kathy helped me sand the hardwood floor in my living room. I still have to sand the edges of the floor, then stain and polyurethane it, then cut and place the base boards, and stain and polyurethane those. Then the living room will be done, and I’ll be able to move my furniture

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Weekend Update 2004-01-12

I saw Big Fish over the weekend. It was pretty good. Very enjoyable and uplifting. Got my first oil change for the truck. And spend the rest of the weekend trying unwrap and catalog my mother’s Avon bottles for sale on eBay. That was exhausting. I accomplished a lot, but this is a big project.

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This weekend, I…

1) Had fun at Girls Game Night at Outword Bound books. 2) Washed my truck and cleaned it all out. 3) Raked my leaves. 4) Bought a table, a cabinet and copper trellis from Urban Bloom, because they’re going out of business. 5) Visited my mom to take her Dutch Letters, a book, and

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Weekend Update 2003-10-20

Friday night, I went to Kathy’s softball game and then went to girl’s game night at Outword Bound Bookstore, where we played electronic Scattegories and I bought a couple of CDs. On Saturday, I got the tonneau cover put on my truck, and took donuts to the neighbors who were planting trees in the right

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I have a new truck

A shiny red Ford Ranger that I bought on Saturday. I love it. I got a very good deal on it from Paul Harvey Ford, especially since my younger brother Todd bought one from there Saturday, too. I was originally just looking, but they had what I wanted, and I needed to trade in my

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Weekend Update 2003-03-31

Kathy did most of the work finishing the drywall in the living room while I stressed out as everything when haywire for me all week long. (You can interpret “stressed out” as “threw temper tantrums”). The wall around the fireplace is brick with a thick layer of plaster over it — plaster that’s in bad

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Weekend Update 2003-03-23

I dug up the brick pathway in front of my house this weekend, and moved the bricks to the side of the house so I can use them in the path in the back yard. I also uncovered part of the sidewalk and started work on the flowerbed on the side of the house. Kathy

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Weekend Update 2003-03-17

I pruned and cut back all the dead flowers in the beds from last year, raked the back yard and neighbor’s yard, seeded the backyard, dug up the gravel in what will be the new flower bed on the northwest corner of the house, finished the laundry that will go to goodwill, bought 5 sheets

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Weekend Update 2003-03-10

I fixed the wall above the window in the living room, and I put smaller sections of drywall on the two walls that Kathy and I started, so I have two walls finished. Now I just have two living room walls left to put drywall on, and the corner surrounding the fireplace, as well. I

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Weekend Update 2003-03-03

So this weekend I spent Saturday stripping wallpaper off the walls in the living room, and doing some cleaning in the living room and throughout the house. I finished two walls, have two to go. I felt kind of funny/ill all day, dunno why. Saturday night Kathy and I went out to the final evening

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Weekend Update 2003-02-03

What did I do this weekend — mostly shopping. I didn’t get too much done around the house. I did get a large chunk of stuff done for my dad’s website. And Kathy and I got to spend time together, which is important to me. But I need to get working on the living room

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Weekend Update 2002-12-17

The weekend was fun — Kathy took me on a date to the Morris-Butler House for the Victorian Xmas Celebration — it was cool. The have people in period clothes singing Christmas carols, and you see what dinner would have been like, and then they do a reading of “Twas the Night Before Xmas.” You

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Weekend Update 2001-11-11

I had a fantastic three-day weekend in which I accomplished a ton of stuff around the house and otherwise, complete with photos. I raked all the leaves around my house, raked them off the roof, and cleaned out the gutters. I finished the cellar door and opened up the blocked off back door, trashed all

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Happily Ever After

I believe in happily ever after. No I’m not the whole rainbows and unicorns type of person, but I do believe in a loving relationship that can stand the test of time. I know it can happen because I’ve seen it in action. My grandparents have been married for over 60 years. They treat each

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Disputes with friends are never dignified

I just got a cell phone call from Pepper ordering me to take down my previous post. I told her I wouldn’t, and she said I’d hear from her lawyer. I said go ahead. She said, “Aren’t you afraid of libel?” I informed her that the legal definition of libel states that the statement I’m

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Spike, the doggie host

Pepper came over to see Spike last night. Spike was quite the host. First he humped Pepper (I’ve never seen him do that before!) and then he peed on the carpet. Twice. Which makes him almost as good a host as I am. 🙂 I love my dog. I think I should send Mark Ryden

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My friend Karl got married

My friend Karl got married on Friday to Maggie (also a friend) and they had a fun reception at Oak Hill. I had a fun week with Spike. I’m at work right now, and I miss him. I can’t wait to go home and play with him. He’s so cute.

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Doggie News

Spike went to the vet today. He got his first shot, and he got flea medicine. He also got some gluecose, because he has low blood sugar, which is common for tiny doggies. That’s why they shiver even when it’s not cold. He just has to have glucose three times a day at meals. Fortunately,

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Labor Day Weekend Update

I had a hugely productive labor day weekend. I constructed my floor-to-ceiling bookcases and unpacked and organized all my books, which has had a profound effect on my psyche. I can read again! I feel so less… constrained. I also feel really rich — I have so many good books I can read, and I

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weekend update 2002-08-19

It wasn’t the best weekend I’ve ever had. My sister’s going back to England to live, and I had to say goodbye to her Saturday. I’m happy for her that’s she’s going back, because she really likes it there, but I’ll miss her. On Sunday, I went to Kokomo and Peru Indiana to photograph big

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weekend update and fan fiction

So, this weekend, I saw Minority Report on Friday with Dan and Doug, then went to the Metro softball diamond to watch the Mutual Friends softball game and hang out with Michelle, Deb, Lisa & the team. Then I went to Dan and Dougs and fell asleep watching Atlantis (very boring Disney movie). I went

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weekend update 2002-06-18

Over the weekend, I painted the picket fence out in front of my house. I also finished painting first floor on the south side of the house and I put up a small wire garden fence and no parking signs in the backyard around the parking area, to prevent people from driving onto my lawn.

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Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday, dear me. Happy Birthday to me. In case I hadn’t mentioned it, today is my birthday. Yesterday, I had someone come up to me and say “I recognize you from somewhere.” And after we went through a big list of places (work, college, high school,

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Goodbye Pumpkin House

Turned in the keys to my old house Thursday. Got a quote this morning on installing a washer hookup in my new house. Oh boy. I’m gonna be saving my pennies, because this is going to cost a lot.

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Phone service at new house

So after Ameritech finally got my phone service turned on at my new address, they shut it off at my old one… when they weren’t supposed to until the end of the month. So I called and yelled at them. And supposedly, they fixed it. We’ll see.

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Local Political Organizing

I got an e-mail yesterday from a woman I know who’s on the board of directors of an organization I used to do volunteer work for. She was objecting to something I wrote here in my journal. The e-mail was titled “I’m disappointed” and in it, she chastised me for expressing some opinions about some

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first offer

So, I put an offer on my house yesterday, and I wrote the earnest money check today. I am so scared. If all goes well, closing will be November 5th. This is going to be the longest month of my entire life. This was the house I was attempting to buy: UPDATE: Ultimately, it was

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emotional roller coaster

This week has been a roller coaster, that’s for certain. It sucks that the week I started to looking for a house to buy (what, I didn’t mention that before?) all of this happened, so I’ve gone from feelings about the WTC (anger, grief, passion) to feelings about taking such a big personal leap (nausea,

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weird happy

The whole week has been…. weird and sweet, and, kinda happy in that weird way that happy has happened lately. After last week, with the depression and unhappiness going on… any relief has been good. I realize that much of my unhappiness was self-wrought… I could’ve dealt with it much more matter-of-fact-ly than I did.

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window air conditioner stolen

So, yes, my window air conditioner really was stolen, although thankfully, nothing else was. I’ve had many interactions with the police over the last few days. Also, I found out that the guy who owns my house moved out because he had two burglaries. Which doesn’t make me want to move out. It makes me

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Fourth of July Party

Party went well. Stacy made a ton of food. We set off tons of fireworks, too. Not everyone came that I hoped would, but oh well. And they blew up Market Square Arena this morning, too. I know that there’s history to the place and all, but it was a really ugly building with uncomfortable

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The Road to Springfield

The Road to Springfield: [link deprecated] Vote on your favorite supporting character in NCAA playoff-style matches. To be eligible, the character must have appeared in at least two episodes. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are ineligible. This weekend was laid-back but pretty busy: I went to the lesbian picnic on Friday night. Saturday, we

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My Birthday

Dan and Doug took me out to dinner, and gave me North By Northwest and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and My sister gave me a fondue pot, ice crusher, and goth chick Barbie. So my birthday turned out pretty damned cool. Fake book on Amazon: American Foreign Policy by G. W. Bush Fake reviewers on

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‘Cambrian Explosion’

Remember when you were a kid, and all of the sudden, for no apparent reason, you shot up several inches one summer? Like growth wasn’t a slow, glacial process but an abrupt one? Sort of like some of the theories on evolution that suggest mutations aren’t as gradual as we think. (A Cambrian Explosion, per

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busy weekends

Someday, I’m going to actually have a three-day weekend where I accomplish all the stuff I need to accomplish and yet still have time to relax and enjoy myself. I got a lot done, it’s true. However, the mountain of junk that’s still left to accomplish is threatening to tumble down around me. And I

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So I’m back at work

So I’m back at work after my two-week vacation and my big-fat road trip extravaganza. Yipeee! I had a great party, and a great time, but it’s good to be back to my 130 + work-related e-mails. Swell. Plus I’m in my new cubicle after the latest move at work (happened right before I left).

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people-powered mower

Bought a people-powered mower this weekend and mowed the lawn. Cool. My arms are tired, but the lawn looks great and it’s a small, efficient mower that doesn’t need gas or create air pollution. My lawn is green in every sense of the word. This guy is interesting. He’s got an interesting design and he’s

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productive weekend

Had a really productive weekend, but have discovered that I still have TONS of work to do. i spent the weekend working on the house and the lawn, doing laundry and dishes, hanging pictures, etc. I still have a lot of work to do on my Dad’s website, and I discovered when i logged on

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moving to the pumpkin house

The big move took place last Sunday (3/18) and it all went really smoothly. My dad & step-mom, brothers Todd & Scott, sister-in-law Bethany, and sister Stacy all helped out. The one thing I forgot to do was grab my camera and take photos of the move. Everythings in place and most stuff is unpacked

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Poor Customer Service Experience

I bought two mattresses last Saturday (March 10th) at Kittle’s Rooms Express and when I paid for them, I arranged to have them delivered tomorrow (Saturday, March 17th). They were supposed to call me at work and arrange the delivery time. So several days went by, and I got no phone call, and just as

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moving

I’m about half-way moved into the new place and have been staying there for a while; my sister is staying at the old apt with the cat, who’s birthday I missed (the cat’s not the sister’s) in all the hoopla of moving. Fortunately, she can’t read the calendar, so if I give her a bunch

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new house

Picked up the keys to my new house today. Went in, figured out how the security alarm works (No, I ain’t gonna tell *you*) and generally wandered around looking in the fridge, oven and closets. Then I decided to look in the cellar and see what was down there. So I hoisted up the door

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My sister’s home from England

My sister’s home from England and staying with me. Cool. I took a road-trip to Muncie, Indiana to take pictures of big things — found a few. 🙂 I started packing to move last night. I’m getting excited about the new place.

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service engine soon

I’ve recovered, somewhat, from the stress of this weekend. My “service engine soon” light came on in my car, and I freaked out about that on Friday, but it turns out I didn’t put the gas cap on tight enough when I got gas, so when I got a new tank last night and fired

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Idgie keeps attacking Texas

Idgie keeps attacking Texas. I have magnets of all the States I’ve been to on my refrigerator (reproducing the map of the U.S., of course) and the cat keeps attacking and stealing Texas (not because it’s the lowest; she can reach them all.) She never goes after Oklahoma, or Arkansas. Just Texas. I think it’s

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weekend update 2001-01-30

1) Went to see Barbara Higbie & Suzanne Westenhoeffer in concert Friday night. Barbara was great and I talked to her mom afterwards. After the concert, I went to Utopia [2019-04-16: former lesbian bar in Indianapolis] and hung out with my friend Jennie. 2) Went with my brother and sister-in-law to an antique mall on

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blackbird

I got home Friday night and found a blackbird in my apartment flying around, scaring the crap out of the cat. I got him to fly out the window, but not before he knocked over everything on ever counter and shelf out of arms reach. My party was great. Lots of people came, we made

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Tomorrow Night is my party!

Tomorrow Night is my party! Yeah! I invited so many people they’ll never fit in my apartment! Yeah! Tomorrow Night is also: Twelfth Night, AKA The Feast of the Epiphany, AKA the Twelfth Day of Christmas. So named because this the the night when the Three Wise Guys arrived at Bethlehem to view the Baby

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Jesus is the reason for the season

There were no riots over the fact that the wrong man is President of the United States, but in Portland, they had a riot because people wanted to see fireworks on New Year’s Eve. I think the people in Portland are a bit dim. Also, it wasn’t a holy-roller that put the “Jesus is the

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Al Gore IS the President

Al Gore IS the President of the United States. And he will be for the next four years. I don’t care what anyone says. You can cheat and defraud all you want to, but you can’t change my mind on this one. I refuse to hear anything else on the subject. I hopped in my

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blogger is set up

Okay. Blogger is set up and I finally got it working the way I want it to. I only hope that I can figure out how to archive stuff the way I want. Tonight is the big Buca de Beppo Xmas bash/White Elephant party. Should be very interesting. UPDATE: Prior to this post, I had

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Devil Figurines

Work went okay; did the prototyping for the store and finished up the design changes on flat files. Went looking for devil figurines today at lunch and after work; didn’t find any. I did go into a 80% off booksale in Castleton, ran into M., and ended up buying 3 books that I probably wouldn’t

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Weekend Update 2000-07-05

Friday – Tuesday were the long Independence Day weekend. It was pretty boring because I forgot to make plans ahead of time, and of course everyone had something to do but me. I read most of the time. Friday I went to the Fashion mall and bought $52 worth of Aveda shampoo/conditioner/body wash, etc. A

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

I remember when I was a little kid, I read a book about Camelot and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table–and because I was reading pretty far above my age level, I understood what I read, but I didn’t understand the context of it… meaning I didn’t really have a concept of

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Questions from my sister

Pontification requested: 1. Is there really good and bad/black and white/ right and wrong in the world, or is everything in shades of grey/gray? (deeds, not people. People would be a whole different discussion) 2. Jealousy: Your thoughts? Brief update: not yet married. Kittens are healthy. Hair is short. Thoughts from the pontiff: 1. Ranges

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I want to be Batgirl

I miss making out. Not that I don’t do it anymore, but not the way I used to. I mean that I miss kissing that’s unaccompanied by sex, or thoughts of sex, or thoughts of a relationship, or thoughts of anything other than just — making out. That’s the best part of being a teenager

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My Family Christmas Letter – 1999

My cousin Sarah wrote her family’s Christmas letter this year, which I just got in the mail. If I’d written the Christmas letter for my family, it probably would have gone something like this: This year was pretty amazing for the Mineart family — no one flunked out of school, or got thrown in jail,

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Gay Indy Mailing List

On the bright side – I saw two movies this past weekend – Dogma and Run Lola Run. Both were good. On the dark side – It surprises me sometimes what other people find to be important. I say this because I’m on the GayIndy mailing list, and it’s kind of a joke. The mailing

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What is Wrong with Being Single?

I’m twenty-nine years old, and I’ve been single for three years. And the truth is that I’m happy about that. I just came to that epiphany today while I was doing my dishes, alone in my apartment with the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack playing on my stereo in the background. I don’t want to be

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Adventures in a Chevy Chevette 2

I picked up my car this afternoon. It’s a 1987 Chevy Chevette, dark blue, and it’s falling apart. I had to have the alternator replaced, $141.69. This is the second time it’s been in the shop recently; two weeks ago, I just got it back after having the starter and flywheel (what the hell’s that?)

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Adventures in a Chevy Chevette

I got stuck in my car. It’s a 1987 Chevy Chevette, dark blue, and it’s falling apart. It was freezing cold this Indiana morning, and there was a thick layer of ice over everything. I made the mistake of not looking outside at this inclement weather before I got dressed for work, so I was

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