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finally, a lightbox

I've been wanting a lightbox for years and years now. Various doctors have supported my using one, but unfortunately, I haven't been able to afford it, and most insurance doesn't cover it. My current doctor has kind of laid the pressure on for me to get one for the past 6 months or so, so I placed my order last week.

It arrived a few days ago, but the bulb was broken. Fortunately, the awesome people over at Sunbox.com sent me a new bulb, which I just got today. Hopefully this thing will be as helpful as I'm hoping.

funny, but not

So uh, let's start with a photo of Ed's wedding ring.

Yep, check that out. It's been run over by at least 100 cars.

Ed and I were driving out to get dinner earlier this evening when I noticed there was a bug inside my car, walking around on the ceiling. Like the wuss I am, I pleaded with him to get it out of my car and to not allow it to fall on me in the process. He cupped his hand over it and made a big swishing motion, across the ceiling and out the window. The bug went out, but then there was this "ding...ding....ding..." sound following it. I recognized it as the sound of his wedding ring hitting the ground outside the window, but I was driving, the car was in motion, and there wasn't much I could do.

I pulled over as soon as I could and Ed hopped out of the car. We searched the road for between 30 minutes to 1 hour during rush hour before finding it. And that's what it looks like now. Ed thinks it can be repaired, but I'm not so sure. I'll be taking it to the jewelers tomorrow to find out.

omg camp

A few weeks ago, I found out that the sleep-away camp (well, one of them anyway) that I used to attend as a kid has a facebook group. That caused me to go check the camp's website just to see what was going on at the camp nowadays. I was quite surprised to find out that they now have a "Grown Up Girls weekend" once a year. Every summer, I always whine to Ed that I want to go back to camp, and talk about how sad I am that there isn't a camp for grownups. At that point, the Grownup Girls weekend was going to take place in 2 weeks time, so I signed up as fast as I could. I told Ed I didn't care what else was going on, screw everything, I was going to camp.

The fact that it was this camp in particular was really what made it a big deal for me. I attended several different camps, both sleep-away and day camps when I was a kid, but this one was head and shoulders above the others. I went to this one for 4 years, and it's really like a second home for me, a home I haven't seen in 13 years.

It's up in the mountains of North Carolina, so it's too far away to just go to visit, but a weekend where I could stay was doable. Nicole and I drove just under 600 miles each direction to get there. We got back a few days ago, and it was fucking awesome. I will definitely be going back next year. Pictures will be forthcoming, but may be a while because my computer is going in for some service tomorrow.

Anyone who may be interested in going to camp next fall, or knows a young girl in need of a summer camp, here's the website:

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred

I meant to do this a long time ago, but kept forgetting, so here it is (from graashoppa)

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

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Not bad for a picky eater, I think. I will admit that I wouldn't eat a majority of them again, but the ones I wouldn't eat again would probably surprise people (Krispy Kreme doughnuts, I'm looking at you.)

Windows Easy Transfer

I'd just like to take a moment to complain about how Microsoft can get away with shit that people would jump all over Apple for doing.

I just got a new computer (sorta) and I'm trying to use the "Windows Easy Transfer" for the first time ever. Microsoft's "preferred" way of doing the "Easy Transfer" process is to use the official, Microsoft-approved "Windows Easy Transfer" cable. The cable costs $40 and can't be used for anything else. WTF Microsoft. Why can't I use any old USB cable, or FireWire cable? If Apple required people to buy a cable that was useless for anything else just to do a one-time transfer of files from one computer to another, people would be calling for Steve Jobs' head.

Thankfully, Microsoft allows me to do the process across a network, or via an external hard drive. This doesn't help me much because trying to do it across the network times out every time, and searching the internet shows me that this is the case for most people. Now I'm doing it via my external hard drive, and though it's working, it's ridiculously slow. This is the second day where I've wasted my whole day trying to get this to work, and I'm not exactly banking on it working properly at the end of today either.

Kina is fast

We went to a dog event today where there were cops with radar guns clocking how fast the dogs ran. Kina came in at 33 MPH, even though she's sick right now and wasn't running at top speed. She was the fastest dog they clocked today, but we didn't have any sighthounds there, or they probably would have kicked her ass.

The bad news is that she may have a non-food item lodged in her intestines causing a partial blockage. $300 worth of X-rays later, we have no answers other than if her bloodwork comes back clean on Monday then we get to stick a camera down her throat. Maybe if this dog would stop getting herself sick and injured we could afford to get a friend for her.


got a cold

Yesterday, I had horrible post-nasal drip, which was causing my throat to be sore. Due to the time of year, I assumed it was just my seasonal allergies. Then late last night, the body aches set in, so I guess I've got a cold.

Thankfully, the PBS website has all kinds of awesome documentaries on their website for me to watch while bedridden. Right now I'm learning that concussions are much more serious than previously thought. Apparently they're a mild form of brain injury that can continue to impair you in minor ways your whole life. I love science.

Rainbow Cake!

Inspired by a thread on the Something Awful forums, I decided to make a "rainbow cake" for the family picnic on Sunday.

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Kina has an ear infection

Poor Kina, she's got an ear infection. And now poor me too because I have to put goop in her ears 3 times every day for the next two weeks. Anyone who had ever tried to squeeze goop into an animal's ears knows that they do not put up with that crap at all. She also has to take oral medication twice a day, but that's not a big deal. That doesn't involve me trying to wrestle with a 69lb animal.

Sixty-nine pound animals > me.


creepy cute crochet, part 2

I've made two bodies out of the book so far, but no heads yet. I'm trying to decide on what type/brand of yarn I want to stick with, The one recommended in the book is somewhat expensive and the color selection sucks. I found another brand that is a similar size/weight, and it costs half as much, but it's much tougher to work with because it has less "give." That brand has a much better color selection, too.