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I received an email from the UN!

How could this possibly be spam? It's got an address and everything! My commentary is in italic.

Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations.
351 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022.

Our Ref: UN/TH/069011
RE: COMPENSATION OF US $750.000.00 [Booyah! That is some high quality cash!]

Attention Beneficiary,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? [The question mark makes me think you don't really care...or else you don't understand?] You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the past 3 months which ended yesterday with the secretary to the UNITED NATION. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US $750.000.00 each and you have to indicate how much you lost in the hand of scammers. [Wow, I do not recalled being scammed, but if you sent me this, I must have been!]

This includes every foreign contractors, Inheritance, Dating and Lottery payment [Damn those Dating/Lottery payment scams!] that have not received their Lottery/Inheritance payment, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international Lottery payment that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed. [Sounds very official.]

You are advised to contact Mr James Phillips [You're missing a comma here, but who's counting?] who is in charge of your payment through our paying center in Asia as he is our representative in Thailand, [A period and capital letter for a new sentence would be nice, but go on. Clearly worrying about giving me my money has you not worrying about small things like grammar and punctuation. How exciting!] contact him immediately for more information on how to get your compensation of US $750.000.00 payment from the United Nation Office.

Therefore, you should send him your full Name, telephone number and your correct home address, Contact Mr James Phillips immediately for your compensation payment. [How about my mother's maiden name as well?]

Person to Contact: Mr James Phillips
Email: un.jamesphill@yahoo.com.hk
Tel: +66875573146

Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your compensation funds don’t neglect this I advice you. [Your "advice"-ing is much appreciated.]

United Nations, Making the world a better place. [But not through spam mail.]

Ban Ki-Moon

Haven't posted in a while...

...and I have a couple of other places to post things, but I think I'll post this one here today. Does anyone still even read LJ? lol, I guess it doesn't matter.

I've been considering eating a bean. Garbanzo beans, to be exact. I don't like beans as a rule of thumb. I try to, but the texture kind of grosses me out. I can take it for a few spoonfuls, but I usually end up not liking bean-made things before I get halfway through. This is a terrible sin, though! Lots of amazing-sounding things are made with beans. Like chili! Chili sounds awesome in theory, but I just can't do it. I've had a bean breakthrough recently, however. Hummus. Local to DC, Whole Foods carries the Cava Mezze brand of Hummus, and their regular and roasted garlic versions are delicious. It's considerably better than the Whole Foods house brand, and tastier than versions I've ordered in restaurants. It's the best, and I eat it every day while I'm making dinner. I figure there are worst dips to frequent.

So, hummus is made from garbanzo beans. Could I like garbanzo beans? I recently watched Giada make a frito misto, and she included deep-fried garbanzo beans, and to listen to she and her guest, they were an extra special treat. Are garbanzos the magic bean that I've been looking for? (Side bar, my spell checker says garbanzos is "garbanzos" and not "garbanzoes". But isn't potatoes "potatoes" and not "potatos"? Does the consonant-vowel-ES rule not apply here? If so, why not? Pronunciation issues? Do we fear that people will start calling them "garbanz-ZOOEYS"? Like Zooey Deschanel? End side bar.)

Last night, I had a dream, possibly a nightmare. I ate garbanzo beans, and they were just as distasteful to me as other legumes. This morning, I woke with my continued prejudices against all beans including garbanzo. I thought, "Remember that time I ate them and didn't like them?" and then I realized that I dreamt that and it NEVER HAPPENED.

Conclusions? (1) I worry about silly things too much that they break into my subconscious. (2) Dream tastes are not the same as real tastes, and I should go out and try garbanzos. (3) Hummus is still awesome.

Cross-posted to my blog, because I haven't posted there in forever either.

Meme: Getting to know each other!

I was tagged on the Facebook by Deabs, but I prefer to put this kind of stuff here. :)

You've been tagged, or if you are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions, writing your own response, and tagging other victims. Tag me so I can see your answers too. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you - but not in a creepy stalker kind of way.

To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your title as "Getting to know each other!", tag people including, me (tagging is done in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
2pm, and yes, it's Monday. I took a personal day. :-P

2. How do you like your steak?
Mooing and bleeding.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Oh, sheesh...um...I think it was Star Trek.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Right now, The Big Bang Theory.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and a cup of coffee with Sweet Italian Cream creamer.

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Difficult to answer. I've discovered that rather than having favorite meals, I instead seek to prepare all foods in the best way possible. For example, I think I like the way I make risotto the best, I've had the best roast beef from Alan's brother, and I think I have my favorite vodka sauce. I've even had awesome brussel sprouts from Alan's brother. I think that rather than finding a favorite food, I like to perfect all foods.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Peas. Beans. Hard-boiled eggs. And what's crazy is that it's entirely a texture thing with these foods. It's their texture that turns me.

9. Favorite place to Eat?
Ugh, also difficult. I've had amazing food everywhere.

10. Favorite dressing?

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
VW Jetta TDI Diesel.

12. What are your favorite clothes?

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Roma. Or the beach, right this second. :-P

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Half full.

15. Where would you want to retire?
Somewhere snowy.

16. Favorite time of day?
7pm. Home from work, hopefully dinner is on the table, and I can just relax for the rest of the night.

17. Where were you born?
Magee in Pittsburgh.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?

19. Who do you think will not tag you back?
Um, not going to "tag" anyone, since I'm on LJ.

20. Person you expect to tag you back first?
Please see above.

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?
lol, I think we all know each other pretty well.

22. Bird watcher?
Not really, but Alan's mom watches birds, and she's really good at it, so I'm learning more about it. I would probably be able to see more birds if I lived above ground.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
I think I'm still a night person, even though I spend much of it sleeping.

24. Do you have any pets?
We have three kitties--Pooh Bear, Tommy, and Tyler.

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
Hm...not really. I'm pretty sure everyone knows I'm getting hitched soon. That's pretty much everything right now. I'm eager to be married already. :-P

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
The third female president of the USA. We're not going too well on one and two lately.

27. What is your best childhood memory?
Hard to choose a "best" right this second.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
I am both. You can be both, and I am both.

29. Are you married?

30. Always wear your seat belt?

31. Been in a car accident?
Um, small ones.

32. Any pet peeves?
People who are less efficient than I am. lol

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Green peppers and onions.

34. Favorite Flower?
Stargazer lillies

35. Favorite ice cream?
Creme Brulee, Ben & Jerry's

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Can I count Quizno's? I am going to anyway.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
Twice, I think. It could be three times, but I can't remember the third failure, just the first two, so I guess it doesn't matter.

38. From whom did you get your last email?
Some co-workers.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Oy, maxing out my credit cards would be scary. I think I'd choose Igigi, the store where I got my wedding dress.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Called off work today. :-P

41. Like your job?
Um, I'm starting to like it more.

42. Broccoli?
Not too bad.

43. What was your favorite vacation?
Germany with Alan.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?

45. What are you listening to right now?
Becker on television.

46. What is your favorite color?

47. How many tattoos do you have?

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz?
Tagging is not possible here.

49. What time did you finish this quiz?

50. Coffee Drinker?


Theresa Miller in three months, my wedding will have been two days ago. Woo!
August 16, 2009 at 11:33am

My Life According to Rufus Wainwright

Stolen from MarcI's facebook.

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 15 people you like and include me. You can't use the band I used. Try not to repeat a song

title. It's a lot harder than you think! Repost as "my life according to (band name)"

Pick your Artist: Rufus Wainwright

Are you a male or female:
"Between my Legs" (Ha!)

Describe yourself:
"The One You Love"

How do you feel:
"Beautiful Child"

Describe where you currently live:
"Going to a Town"

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
"Leaving for Paris"

Your favorite form of transportation:
"Oh What a World"

Your best friend is:

You and your best friends are:
"Damned Ladies"

What's the weather like:
"Grey Gardens"

Favorite time of day:
"Release the Stars"

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
"Gay Messiah"

What is life to you:
"Nobody's Off the Hook"

Your last relationship:
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "The Consort"

Your fear:
"Do I Dissapoint You"

What is the best advice you have to give:
"Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk"

Thought for the Day:
"Dinner at Eight"

How I would like to die:
"New Years Eve"

My soul's present condition:
"Agnus Dei"

My motto:
"Rules and Regulations"


Not terrible, but I've had better...

     Mondays, that is.

Before I got to work:
     Our dishwasher cord needs to be fixed. You know how when cords go bad and the machines they are attached to are unable to work unless you position the cords just so? That is the situation with my dishwasher today. I left the kitchen in such ruin last night that I really hope that the dishes are done when I get home. Our dishwasher takes forever to run, so it's best to run it when it when we aren't home, but it's hard to ensure it's actually running. Alan says he can fix the cord, though, so that could be some good news. I really hope he can. I hate when cords go bad.

     My work has requested for a second time that we no longer stream radio or video to save bandwidth. I can respect that, because they are at least taking steps to give us much better bandwidth soon. For today, though, I started with my old fashioned AM/FM radio, but I could not get a good signal for the classical station. I thought I'd instead switch to the music I bring from home and my media player, but alas, I've forgotten my thumb drive. And now that I think about it, no thumb drive also means that I won't be able to do my Monday budgeting. Sigh. That's no good at all. No music today, I suppose, and no running the numbers either.

     Interesting reading. Research shows that drinking green tea may be a good way to impress your dentist.

     Finished the XML mark-up on the references for today's publication list, and hooray! I've discovered that I don't have to mark up the references again until June 1!

     Full disclosure. I finished my Qualtiy Checks, then I spent the rest of the day reading a book. Why is it that books that are supposed to be comic always make me sad? Anyway, I've got a backlog of emails to answer before 5:30. I think I will start on that now.

Shortest. Spring. Ever.

     My brother tells me that it is just as hot in Pgh today as it is in DC, or pretty damn close. My desktop widget read as high as 91. Did I miss the memo where it was July, not April? I am more afeared of the upcoming DC summer. If it's 91 today, July is just going to SUCK. I think this depresses me the most because it will soon be too hot to cook.

     So how is everyone lately? I'm okay. I was enjoying the spring weather for the brief amount of time that it was here. I am annoyed at work, as I continue to be bored for hours at a time, but am irritated that they ask me to do more as there is no intention to compensate. I could surely do the work of three people, but I want the pay of three people, capisce? I mean this towards my bosses and HR department, dear friends, but I cannot bring up such topics when BOOGA BOOGA THE ECONOMY BOOGA is taking its course.

     Let's see, what else? I vacuumed the foyer yesterday. That's good news. It needed it. Lol. I'm tired of bitching, really I am. Oh, I had some sweet sushi last night at Sushi-Ko in Chevy Chase. We had an amazing maki with salmon and dill with mango sauce. Mango sauce has rocked my sushi world, srsly. I usually go for the tempura sushi behind my work, but that's a whole different ball of wax. Or sushi rice. :-P

     Okay, I think I'll go start dinner for tonight. Short entry, but I'm really not doing all that much. Just trying to stay amused on as little money as possible, :-P. I'm sure you all know the feeling.


     Hey all. Today is March 27, 2009, and I've had one crazy-ass month. There are a few things that have been languishing on my to-do list.

     We had Alan's MRI on the 3rd and his surgery on the 9th. It went well. It was actually a pretty quick proceedure and he was able to leave that night. The surgery was in Hershey, Pa (about two hours from DC and four from Pittsburgh), so we drove there on Sunday night and stayed in a Holiday Inn. We spent Monday night in the hotel, which was probably best, because although Alan was able to come home with me, he was still not ready to drive back to DC. He had a crazy headache from the anesthesia, which had initially made him sick after he woke from the surgery. Usually, they'd just pump him with drugs all night, but he really didn't want to spend the night in the hospital, so we tried to outsleep the pain in the hotel. It wasn't too bad. We got back to the hotel at about 6, I left him at the hotel to fill his perscriptions and get some food for the hotel room, and then I came back and we slept. I didn't realize I was sleepy, but I guess the stress had something to do with it. It was really hard seeing him in so much pain. His eyes were tearing at the pain in his head. So we slept, and it was nice to have him by me. You know, so I can see him, hold him, and know he's okay.

     He woke up at 11pm and was roughly 70% better, which was pretty signficiant. I had bought crackers and ginger ale, among a ton of other things, so that was his dinner. I really overbought supplies almost in a panic, lol. I had spent probably over $50 anything we could have possibly needed in that hotel room. In retrospect, I realized that I was being a little crazy, but it made it all right when we had everything we needed.

     The next day (Tuesday) we had to wake for a 9am follow-up appointment, and then I drove us back to DC, which was far less perilous than Alan made it out to be. I ended up staying home with Alan on Wednesday, more for my benefit than for his. I think we both needed a day to rest.

     My birthday passed on the 4th, lol. Of course, thank you to everyone who thought of me and wrote to me that day. I still need to write everyone else back.

     We ended up in Pittsburgh on the weekend of the 13, 14, and 15, to see Zach in the musical. Alan was well enough so he drove for that trip. We saw the musical, and I learned that Zach spent the last six months practicing oggling the ladies. Lol, seriously. He was a sailor for most of the musical (Anything Goes), and he just kept looking the ladies up and down. Now we see why he put up with the eyeliner and tap-dancing. Just the same, though, he was great and I was really proud of him. Leah was awesome too! These kids grow up entirely too quickly.

     My mom kinda begged me to stay for Monday, so I did. The downside is that I don't have any more time off at work. We just get "Time Off," with no discrimination whether it is sick time or vacation time. I better not get sick within the next month, srsly. It was nice to stay Sunday night, though--Mom made me a birthday cake and I blew out the candles. :) On Monday morning, though, I fell down on my mom's stairs from the first floor to the second floor. Landed on my back. Alan heard and came running. I was okay then, but ever since, I've been fucking sore. We think I may have bruised a rib, because it would hurt when I inhaled or had my breathing rate raise above a resting rate. It's only just within the past few days subside. I think I really threw some things out of alignment, though, as my neck and shoulder have also been sore. That happened on 3/16, and it's only beginning to get better. Such pain has been distracting me all week and making me lazy. My apartment looks like crap. :-P

     In the middle of all of that, my final for my online class was due on 3/17. I still don't have a grade back yet. Cripes, I hope I do well.

     Has everyone done their taxes? Alan and I will be finishing up ours this weekend. Fun to worry about taxes on top of everything else. We bought Tax Cut this year, as opposed to last year's Turbo Tax. I think we prefered Turbo Tax because of how it handled Alan's stocks. We had to enter in his capital gains and losses one at a time this year with Tax Cut--crazy! It took forever, even to enter in the wash sales. Lame.

     I do have some fun news, though. Alan's friend at work was selling his laptop, so we bought it off of him for me. I just got it last night, and my tax refund alone should cover the entire cost. We were thinking of buying a new machine to run Sims 3 on, and now we found one that is very reasonable. It is a Thinkpad R-61, and it had been upgraded to 4gb of Ram, and it already has a dedicated graphics card, and since the only game I'm really into is the Sims, this should fit the bill perfectly. We I get to go home and install all of the Sims 2 on it tonight. Wee!

     Well, I think that's all from me right now. I'm going to go eat my lunch and maybe rest my head. :)




Not having a good day.


Figured out that not having Adobe Acrobat on my loaner laptop work computer makes doing Quality Checks very difficult.

Got a B on my midterm (which doesn't seem so bad, I know, but I had been getting 100% on all of my homework, so WTF?).

Listened to my co-workers have a long and loud conversation about people passing gas loudly in the restroom on our floor. Fabulous.

Pooh Bear's two new asthma meds were $200 together. The one we need to order monthly is the one that's $160. We've spent roughly $800 this month on Pooh Bear. I'm not angry at the cat at all; I just haven't been budgeting for this stuff, and now it's biting me in the ass.

Did I mention tired?