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end of an era

With my interests and my reasons for keeping a journal changing, I have decided to create a new LJ. However, I will not be deleting this one, and will probably use it to browse certain communities. I will be re-friending some people on the new journal but some that I have not spoken with in years will probably not follow me over.
My new username is: bugwife. It will be friends only and much more personal than I have been over here for the last few years.

I can has car?

It has yet to be named. But it is a cute little zippy thing from Japan. I'm glad we got it.

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You guys think I'm dead, but I'm not.

We went to America First to get credit for our new car, and I guess that they messed up on Ben's social security number, because they had him listed as deceased and with a credit score of 1.

I thought it was pretty funny. I've heard about this happening before where people got marked as dead accidentally and had to go through the SS office to get themselves changed back to alive.

But luckily for us, once they got the correct ss# they realized that yes, my husband is alive and kicking. And we got our loan approved. Now we just need the car and all will fall into place.

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this post is all for Bex

so far...

"Northern Downpour" and "When the Day Met the Night" own my soul!

Dong, where is my automobile?

We're getting a car soon!

We put a deposit down on an 08 Honda Fit, Blackberry Pearl. I was able to do it all through the Internet Sales Manager and it sounds like the process will be relatively painless.

Now we just have to figure out financing.

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opinions, I've got em

Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes, here or on myspace or anywhere else.
I took the day off. Ben got me some DS games like the super hard to find Princess Peach, and Fatal Frame for Ps2 which I have been looking for for a long time. It has been pretty low-key day. I figure we'll go out to dinner tonight.
I have been pretty underwhelmed about my birthday for the last couple of years. After 21 it feels like most of the milestones have passed and there's no *big* b-days to wait for.

I also want to say that I think the LJ comment/post/whatever strike thing is completely pointless and you would do better to just delete your journals and just not renew your paid accounts.

Also the fact that it's been five years since the beginning of the Iraq war and we still have no progress or exit strategy makes me feel physically ill.
So yesterday was interesting. Ben had sent me a text early that morning about Tiger Lily. Neither of us had seen her in awhile. She is a very independent cat, but usually makes an appearance a couple times of day. I hoped she was just hiding out. She has ran outside a couple of times, but always seemed to want to go right back inside, and I usually noticed right away when she did it.
Anywhoo, Ben got home before I did and went to look for her and couldn't find her. I pretty much lost my shit. I was worried that she was hurt or dead or lost somewhere and couldn't find home. It was raining so I envisioned her as a little soaking wet cat-ball. I've never had an animal run away or get lost and so I really got a taste of how that feels.
We started looking around outside for her, and I had an inclination to go in the backyard, but since we have a gate I figured she wouldn't be able to go back there. Ben started talking to our neighbor, and I was still looking to see if she was hiding in some bushes in front of our house.

He heard faint mewing coming from bushes on the edge of our backyard, next to the neighbor's. There in a kind of rabbit cubby hole, was Tiger Lily, crying her little heart out. She wasn't even wet from the rain.

I was so relieved. This little cat is my baby, I picked her out as a kitten and she has become very dear to me. She seems okay, is back to her old bratty self, but I will definitely be watching her more closely from now on.

Then I tried to make dinner and was going to cook some eggrolls. I thought I was turning on the oven to pre-heat it. Instead I turned on the burner and walked away. The box of eggrolls and a starbucks coffee cup caught on fire and filled the whole kitchen with smoke. That whole part of the house still smells like smoke dispite our opening all the windows.

At that point, I just gave up. It had been a crappy day at work, I hadn't slept, and with everything else it was too much.

On the plus side, today has been much better. We had nachos at work with all the trimmings.

an eagle's slightly better

A couple Hollywood Video stores over here are closing, and selling off all their movies. I was able to get Eagle Vs. Shark and Everything is Illuminated for cheap. You need to see them both if you haven't already.

Also...

BULLSHIT!Collapse )
So on Monday when we go out to pack up the car and get it ready for our trip, Ben notices that the oil is low and is leaking from the Camry at an alarming rate. We can't get it into the shop til later in the day. Commence freak out. Trip is ruined, there goes the $160 spent on show tickets that are non-refundable.

Ben's Grandparents basically stopped in and saved the day as they are known to do. They let use borrow their Ford Focus to make the drive. So off we went.

We stayed at the Marriott Suites on Convention Center Dr. and basically got the room for $100 off each night. We did a little gambling, did some shopping, a lot of eating, and a lot of walking. We saw Penn and Teller at the Rio on Tuesday, and got their autographs and a blurry cell phone pic of us with Teller. (he talked!) We walked the midway at Circus Circus and played some of the carnival games. Good times were had by all.

We got back on Thursday, and had the car looked at. Luckily it wasn't all the wild scenarios Ben was imagining. It cost about $200 to fix, but it could have been much worse.

Now, I wonder if the top layer of our cake is even edible. It's been downstairs in the freezer this whole time...

lousy smarch weather

In approximately 3 days I will be returning to the scene of the crime, so to speak. Ben and I are going to Vegas to celebrate our one year anniversary. When we went for the wedding, most of our time was stolen by family commitments and such. This time it's all about US. I haven't had a real vacation in almost a year. Much excitement.

Also, no work for 6 days!

In less happy news, tomorrow is March 1st, the 6th anniversary of Erin's death. I still think about her everyday. I wonder where her life would have taken her. I am a completely different person than I was in 2002. Would we still be friends? I may go down to her gravesite tomorrow, since I literally live down the street from the cemetery. I would like to have some sort of tradition or way of commemorating her passing and celebrating her life each year.

March is always a very big month for me.