Archive for January, 2007

Itchy and swollen

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

WTF? I’m sitting here and my ankle is SO itchy it’s driving me nuts. After more than I can take I get up to go put itch cream on it and notice that it’s SWOLLEN! I have no idea why, I don’t see a bug bite. I took a photo of it and I seem to see a mark but I am pretty sure that’s a scar from a really bad mosquito bite. Ugh.

Don’t know if it happened when out walking the dog, sitting on the computer, or when I put my slippers on.  I don’t even know what caused it.  Itches don’t alarm me, but the swelling is unusal.  Oh well, I just hope it’s gone by morning.

My life must really be boring if this is blog-worthy.  *sigh*

New Scanner

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

I got a new scanner today.  It’s a small, lightweight, usb-powered scanner, which’ll do until SOMEBODY fixes my main, favorite scanner.

Now I can do some better scans of my artwork for my new art blog.

Handy Gorillapod

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The GorillaPod is so handy!

I put my Nikon S6 on there and aimed it down at my Moleskine to take photos of my drawings for my new art blog.

Bad Drivers

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Last Wednesday This guy was RIGHT in front of me and his ladder fell off his truck and onto the pavement. Good thing I leave a safety distance and am alert!
And what kills me is that I ALREADY had my concerns about him, keeping my distance, because he had these pieces of wood on his truck with nails sticking out of it, and none of it seemed secured!
He didn’t even KNOW he lost his ladder, the guy in the next lane had to tell him. I hear that most of this town is on Meth. I wonder if it’s true!

Soap Annoyances

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The new actor who plays Phillip on Days of our Lives yells too much. I hated that the first time he played Phillip, too. It’s annoying.

Because there aren’t enough blogs in the world

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Because trying to keep up with maintaining a hundred blogs isn’t enough:
I’ve started an art blog.
I set this up just for my artwork.
How many blogs do I have? Good god…
main blog (this one), friends and family blog, photoblog, backyard blog, travel blog, dog blog, fitness blog, cat blog… what am I forgetting? …and now an art blog.
In the top photo of that blog is my laptop, my moleskine, a starbucks cup, a diet cokie, and my travel colored pencils. That shot sums me up pretty well. :)

kw: art, artwork, sketch, sketching, draw, drawing, moleskine, sketchbook

Nokia N95!

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

OH MY G–d…. I need to change my pants. This guy got a Nokia N95 (5mp camera! gps! wifi!), which is my next phone (hopefully). Here is a pic plus links to some unboxing videos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevegarfield/369062645/

http://stevegarfield.blogs.com/videoblog/2007/01/unboxing_the_no.html

http://nokiatestcenter.blogspot.com/2007/01/video-unboxing-nokia-n95.html

I have a Nokia N80 and LOVE it, the N95 is going to be THE SH*T!!!!

Tech-gasm!

kw: nokia, n80, n95, nokian80, nokian95, cell phone, camera phone, cameraphone

Sasha. She’s not doing too well…

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Sasha.  She’s not doing too well.

She’s ** 19 ** and a half years old now.  She’s lost weight rapidly the last few weeks and bloodwork shows high possibility of cancer or tumor.  She may not be around much longer.  I’m really upset.  She’s my baby.  I’m 37 and we’ve been together since high school.
More Sasha Pix:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/laserone/tags/tabby/

From the archives.

Cool Packaging

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

I love the labels on this coffee:

My gnome and I at the doctor.

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Went to dr. today cuz I’ve had some dizziness. They think it was just a bug, I’m fine today.

Leonardo’s Notebook reminds me of Moleskine.

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

This is very cool-

Leonardo Da Vinci notebook at the British Library. You can even “Turn The Pages” of the book, zoom in on the images and writing.
bl.uk/onlinegallery/highlights/tour/leonardo.html

To turn the pages of this book, check out these links:

Standard Bandwidth:
click here

Broadband:
click here

I’m a Moleskine fan and user (those little black notebooks) and this reminds me of a Moleskine. I think Moleskine users would get a kick out of this. :)

kw: da vinci, davinci, leonardo, british museum, moleskine, notebook, sketchbook

What I’m reading.

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

The Da Vinci Code

Holy Blood, Holy Grail,

Holy Unexpected,

The Faith Club.  (click on image for book links)

I am NOT religious, but fascinated by religion.  Go figure.

Ipod Video, Henry Lincoln

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

I love my video ipod. That’s Henry Lincoln, one of the author’s of the “Holy Blood Holy Grail” book. This podacst (or simply: Video) is “Origins of the DaVinci Code” off iTunes.

(Originally posted straight from my phone, to flickr, with Nakama.)

Protected: Random thoughts…

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

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Kickbikes

Friday, January 19th, 2007

We just took the dogs dog-scootering on our new kickbikes. It’s REALLY fun, I highly recommend kickbikes.

(and now I feel nausious… blech.  I need to get back in shape!)

kw: scooter, scooters, scootering, kickbike, kickbikes

Espresso Escape

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

This is really good!

Ghirardelli introduces Espresso Escape™ fused with finely ground deep-roasted espresso beans.

And I don’t normally like dark chocolate.

My Friday

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

We had an investigation Friday night (I’m in a Gh0st Hunting group) (no, really) and that went pretty late and then we all decided to go to breakfast afterwards. I didn’t even get home until 4am. :)

Then I stayed up even later to do my nails cuz they were too long and one was hurting real bad from banging it constantly. I went to bed about 5:30am. I slept till… 2:30? 3:30? I can’t remember. (pm)

M. is sick w/ a bad cold. He got it from me. I feel bad. He slept all day, got up and went back to bed. I ran errands. Went for sushi, visited my mom, got Riley Pug some presents at Petco.

Not much exciting going on.

Ear Worms

Friday, January 12th, 2007

I once saw a news story and they called them ear worms. When u get a song stuck in your head and can’t get it out; that’s an ear worm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earworm

I’ve had Insomnia in spite of my sleeping pills (Lunesta). I recently made a realization. As i try to fall asleep, I’ll realize that I am drumming out the rythm of a song that is stuck in my head. It’s always one of the upbeat songs from the Katamari soundtrack. Katamari is video game and the music is sung in Japanese.

Last night I finally slept well. I took a benedryl on top of my lunesta (not sure that’s safe), and went to sleep with my iPod and turned on the track “Baby Sleep Now” which I had downloaded off iTunes (I think for free) when M. was snoring terribly and THAT was causing me not to sleep. See here:

I slept really well.

But when I get up for my 4th hour bathroom run, I realized that the damn Katamari music was in my head AGAIN. So I just made sure to put the muic on when I went back to bed. I slept great.

I was talking to my mom on the phone just now and as I was talking to her I realized something. I’ve had this happen before and it was when I was first getting into Indian music and I had found this really great albm (the Taal soundtrack by A.R. Rahman)….

… and the same thing happened then. I had the upbeat tracks in my head AT ALL TIMES. It’s like a subconcious obsession. So I made a connection in my head while talking to my Mom… I think it’s when there is music that is UPBEAT AND IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE that this happens- gets stuck in my head to the point where I can’t even sleep. I think what’s happeneing is that my brain is trying to make sense of what it’s hearing and it can’t cuz it’s in a language it doesn’t understand. So it goes over it over and over and over.  And it theoretically won’t ever stop until I learn what it’s SAYING. While talking to my mom about this I ALSO remembered that I tend to do this with English words that I hear for the first time and don’t know what they mean. For example, a multi-syllabled word like “copasetic”. When I first heard that word I didn’t know what it meant. And for days and days I was (without realizing it) saying it my head OVER AND OVER AND OVER. It didn’t stop until I figured out what the word meant.

I also do this with foriegn words. Like “Ahmadinejad“. I hear that name in the news all the time but I am not sure exactly what they are saying. So for days on end my brain is going “aba-jin-a-dad?” “aMA-jin-a-dad?” “ama-jin-a-BAD?” Until I can either figure out how to pronounce it. Until then, I CAN’T STOP repeating it over and over in my head, and it’s involuntary. It’s subconcious. It’s like a conversation going on in another room and you know they’re talking but only sometimes can you actualy hear the words.

So… The solution? Idunno. Right now I am listening to upbeat English music. This way if it’s in my head, my brain won’t obsess over it like it would if it didn’t understand the words.

So… Ear Worms. Do Ear Worms cause insomnia? It seems to, at least for me. I should look online and see how common this is.

Insomnia

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

12:30am – tired, take 8-hr sleeping pill (lunesta) and go to bed and read until I fall asleep about 1:30am.
4:30am – get up to use restroom
4:33am – 5:45am – try to get back to sleep, then decide to get up. Watch tv about women in China, make a bagel, get online.
6:23am – Still not tired at all. 3 hours of sleep. This sux.

kw: insomnia, lunesta

Sniffling, Scootering, Skull Shoes, Oh My!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

What is new…

I’m finally over my cold.

I went to the orthodontist today, I am getting braces. I gagged on the mouth mold, it was awful… choking…

It is fun to take the dogs for a walk on the scooters… scootering is fun…

Yes. I am old and I am getting braces and ride a scooter. :) And I wear skull shoes.

I am bored. I shoulda been in bed hours ago, but somehow I lost track of time. We went for a late dinner and then had to go to The Office cuz M. is on call and he got called and had to fix stuff, so we lost some time tonight and I have NO IDEA AT ALL how it got to be 4:04am!!!

I am bored, and feeling kinda lonely… but I’m just gonna go to bed.  It’s nuts to stay up this late anyway.  Tomorrow is a new day.

Thank you Shozu

Friday, January 5th, 2007

I have to say… some companies CARE.  I recently complained that I was having trouble w/ Shozu.  As sometimes happens, a person from the company I am blogging about, writes to me in response.  Someone from Shozu left a comment on that post which was HELPFUL and NICE.  Meanwhile, there are other companies out there [*cough!* t@xtamerica *cough!*] who won’t even answer inquiries even from their PAYING customers.  While I still can’t get Shozu to work on my phone right now, I CAN SAY that Shozu, as a company, give a care.  And that impresses me.  :)

MySpace gets goatse’d!

Friday, January 5th, 2007

This is frickin’ hillarious! Not just the story, but the way the guy writes, he’s funny.

(Warning, article contains links to offensive photos.)

http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/000278.html

From digg.com. “MySpace gets goatse’d!”

“I fought the cold and the cold won.”

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

I hate being sick.

Coexist

Monday, January 1st, 2007

My wish for the new year. The shirt I’m wearing today.