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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
5:21 pm
I'm getting outta here!
The escape is planned. I will be sneaking out of this hospital as of Friday (pending no new medication side effects)!!! How's that for a great birthday present--a get-out-of-jail-free card!!! Two weeks is quite long enough to be incarcerated, ta ever so much!

Though I do admit, I needed the time here, from mental, physical, and spiritual standpoints. Being in a place where the exit doors are locked, even a nice, airy, friendly, and positive place like this, is not always fun.

I plan to visit Iroshi, attend my great-niece's wedding, and set my head around the concept of "freedom" and then go back to work, refreshed and healed.

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
4:50 pm
ROTFLM Bloomin' *A* O!
Okay. This MUST be the funniest typographical error with Freudian overtones that I have *EVER* experienced.

Picture this: an adverse event report that documents "decreased ejection fraction" (ratio of blood pumped by the heart as it relates to blood pressure) and an "abnormal hormone level". The first condition isn't funny in the least, unless you misspell hormone as -- I kid you not! -- "whoremoan." It then takes on an entirely different connotation.

I have been laughing for 30 minutes and I can't stop. It is just too funny!!!

Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
8:07 am
Of all the things I miss...
Of all the things I miss during this Month Without Electricity (in my condo), I miss my snooze button the most!

Current Mood: sleepy
Monday, March 17th, 2008
10:42 am
Whoot!
70,000 hits on "A Gryffindor Tried and True"--my Harry Potter story posted on fanfiction.net!!! Wheeeeee!

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, March 14th, 2008
1:38 pm
Funniest translation gaff yet!
One of the ladies at work is bilingual, English-Spanish. She has been looking over the documents that are translated to be given to possible Spanish-speaking study participants. Well ... let's just say that internet translators are not worth a single byte of bandwidth.

Some of the more memorable goofs from the past include: "we will study your member" instead of "we will study your upper extremities" and "we will drink your blood" instead of "we will take your blood." One of my favorites used the word draw as in "to make art" in place the draw as in "to take blood from the body." In other words, they will paint a pretty picture of their blood ...

Today's gem ... the study is for club foot. The translation ...

... wait for it ...

... "bow legged frog feet."

ROTFLMAO!!!

Current Mood: dorky
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
3:00 pm
Wish me luck, guys!
Tomorrow night, I'm going on my first date in almost 15 years. Skip and I have emailed for several months and spoken on the phone 3-4 times a week (generally 90 minutes or longer per conversation) for the last 3 weeks, and now we're meeting in person for dinner. We're currently set for tomorrow night, but his job as a server tech may force a change. I won't know until tonight. We're going to the Denny's near my work.

Our current plans stretch to the weekend. If the dinner goes well (crossing fingers, toes, eyes, myself, and anything else I can cross for luck) we plan to meet Saturday morning at the train station and take the train to Ft. Worth, and do the walkabout, touristy thing.

I'm excited. Nervous. Joyful. Fearful. And just about any emotion you can find in a thesaurus.

This is the first time since well before the "Larry" era that I've dared toss myself out of the house with someone who has the potential to be more than a friend. Of all the emotions I'm feeling, I have to say "nervous" is at the top of the list.

Wish me luck!

Current Mood: jubilant
Monday, February 11th, 2008
12:02 pm
Saving (and sharing) for posterity
Revenge of the Sith translated from English to Chinese then played with English subtitles. You won't BELIEVE this. Don' t drink while you read (the subtitles are even funnier with the text directly beneath!), and if you have a prudish co-worker, don't play where they can see it.

http://winterson.com/2005/06/episode-iii-backstroke-of-west.html

This is abso-tively posi-lutely HILLARIOUS!

Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, January 14th, 2008
1:41 am
God, will I ever get a break?
Clothes washer AND water heater decided to leak...water from the bathtub, across the kitchen, to the dining room window, and halfway into the living room.

I don't have enough towels, sheets, and stuff to soak it all up. My floor is ruined, and maybe my downstairs neighbor's roof.

God, please. Enough.

Current Mood: frustrated
Sunday, December 30th, 2007
11:16 am
Online friend has passed away
I play an online game called World of Warcraft. On this game, your toon (game character) can join a guild. Members of the guild play together, help each other, ect. We even talk together a lot on an internet voice program.

I found out last night that one of our funniest and most reliable members has passed away. In real life, he was an agent for Homeland Security who died as a result of injuries sustained last year in a bomb blast. Throughout the whole year long ordeal, he never stopped flirting and playing. If anything, the lower he sank health- and spirit-wise, the flirtier and funnier he got.

He was a true American Hero.

Rest in piece, Warlord Maxaiumus. You will be missed. Not just by your guilders, but by your country.

Vicki

Current Mood: melancholy
Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
10:10 am
Royally PO'd
I am so royally pissed right now I could literally spit tacks from Dallas clear to Las Vegas.

One coworker, with an ANAL personality, just has to pick and pick and pick at a topic that should be minor or easily forgotten, and now I am shaking so hard, I can’t type, I can’t think. I almost broke my hand slapping my metal cart to keep from hitting her instead. Of all the people I work with, she is the ONLY one I really wish would Just Go Away!!!

I don’t like to be angry. I don’t like to feel violent. I told her Four Times that I was getting upset, could we please give me a few minutes to calm down then we could finish the conversation later. But no! She just jabbed and poked and prodded until I guess I started glaring murder at her. She left, and I slapped my metal cart to keep from doing the same to her face!

She is so not the authority in this office. She’s no higher or lower on food chain than I am, than our receptionist or our file manager, yet she asks like she is the be-all and end-all voice on how things should be done. Heaven forbid one of us catches her making a mistake, because she will attack with tooth and claw, hoping to cover her own a$$.

I also don’t like to get other people in trouble, but damnit I will NOT sit back and be someone’s doormat! I have every right to query my supervisor if something another worker does contradicts what I have been told is IRB policy. If the situation were reversed, she would burn the carpet in her hurry getting to the boss.

Guess what? She just came to me and told me she’s already spoken to the boss. She DID BURN THE CARPET!!!

Current Mood: pissed off
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
8:26 am
Celebrating a Yay! Yippee! YAHOO! moment
This morning, I pulled an old pair of black knit pants out of winter storage. They are my "pre-weight loss surgery, this-is-how-big-I-used-to-be" pair of pants. I tried them on.

They fell off.

Okay. Interesting. I tried again.

They fell off again.

That is when I realized something earth-shattering (at least for me) -- my HIPS are now smaller than my WAIST used to be!!!!!!!!

*dances a jig*

Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
3:42 pm
Bummer man!
I just found out that one of the doctors I work with here at UT Southwestern has West Nile Virus ... so of the Not So Goodness!

Current Mood: indescribable
Saturday, August 18th, 2007
9:14 pm
Hey, look....I'm still alive!
Hiho all (and self when I go back to read this).

Yes. I still live.

So much to say, so little time to say it! Or rather, so little time to type before your eyes start to glaze over.

Weight loss: stalled, but starting to move again.

Reason: I'm participating in a research study. Exercise with diet counseling. I've repeatedly surprised the doctors involved by being in better shape and being able to do far more exercise without strain than they thought me capabile of doing. I just love playing with doctors' heads, don't you? *g*

Starting next week, I'm going to be keeping a log of my exercise success on my Watch Me Shrink LJ filter, so those who have asked to be in that group, stay tuned. Things are going to start happening fast! (IhopeIhopeIhope)

Result: 8 lb weight loss this week, and I've only started on the thing! Also, when I went to the grocery store tonight, I came out with Not One Single Bad/Fattening/Naughty item! Not One!!! And my usual grocery bill was down by nearly $80!!! Whoot! Go me!

Wish me luck guys! I'm off to swim!

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, July 6th, 2007
11:37 am
Reach out and touch someone.....hee!
Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous.... . A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:

1. "Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!"

2. "Find Amelia Earhart yet?"

3. "Can you hear me NOW?"

4. "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"

5. "You know, in Arkansas , we're now legally married."

6. "Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?"

7. "You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out..."

8. "Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!"

9. "If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!"

10. "Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity."

11. "You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?"

12. "God, now I know why I am not gay."

And the best one of all..

13. "Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?"

Current Mood: mischievous
Monday, May 7th, 2007
2:06 pm
Where is my bossy person?!?
Today's horoscope reads: “A rather bossy person is a blessing to you now. This character will happily take charge of everything. Let it be.”

Okay then? Where is my bossy person?!?! I want my bossy person NOW!

Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, April 20th, 2007
12:11 pm
ROTFLM ***A*** OFF!!!
I simply HAVE to document this for posterity. It cannot be forgotten.

My old supervisor, PF, came by my office today to “gossip.” Among the bits and pieces of news, there came a startling revelation. A Certain Doctor’s assistant is leaving this month.

Okay. That’s interesting to hear. Um ... Wish her luck for me.

Some of you may recall the angst, illness, stress and all-around anxiety that surrounded my fifth and final year with this particular department. Years 1-4 were great under HL, who was the very best supervisor. The first 7-8 months of year 5 were hell under a supervisor who didn’t know what she was doing, so I, my work, and my reputation in the department spiraled down the proverbial toilet. By the time PF took over, the damage was done and all I wanted was to get the h3ll out of there.

Back to what happened today.

After the gossip, PF told me that it’s hard to find someone with my "strong worth ethic." She admitted to putting in good words about me to several people in the old department, especially after people started noticing how much work I was not there doing for them anymore. She also said that if she’d known me better “back then” it never would have escalated into the bitter, un-amicable split that it did. That my "good points far outweighed my bad."

At this point, I’m feeling pretty good, but I still don’t suspect what’s coming next.

Long story short (too late, I know), she hinted that, if she could arrange for the position to be Admin Associate (a promotion) and a pay raise, would I consider coming back?

There. It’s official. Hell now has its first 24-hour ice skating rink!

If it were just PF, I’d have no hesitation going back. She is a fantastic person, the kind of supervisor one dreams of having, a true mentor-type. But 90 percent of the work would be for a Certain Doctor who is notorious for a trigger, fiery temper, who is prone to yell “fire them all!” at the least little thing--the one who worked so hard to get me terminated from the university.

Not going to happen. Nope. Nope. Nope. Not gonna. I’ll go ice-skating first!

Current Mood: hyper
Monday, April 16th, 2007
9:32 am
Recent happenings
Bad weather last Friday. Lots of tornadoes, rain and wind. I weathered out the storm on the mechanic’s well at the Jiffy-Lube down the street. Looking out the glass bay doors, I saw a finger of cloud pointing at the ground ... funnel cloud. So not fun! Though I did luck out. My car was inside the Jiffy-Lube, so it missed getting dinged by hailstones that ranged from marble all the way up to *BASEBALL* sized.

After the storm passed, I had the honor and pleasure of helping Chris, Iroshi, Brianna and Jarod move to Arkansas this weekend. On Saturday, we took a VERY long (6 hour) drive from old place in Irving Texas all the way to Fayetteville Arkansas. Because of the kick-@$$ storms the night before, they weren’t able to get anything loaded into the U-Haul truck, so we were a little later than expected getting on the road on Saturday. We arrived at the new place around 9:00 Saturday night. Unloaded just enough bedding etc. to survive the night, went to get some food at Sonic then crashed on the floor in the living room. Poor Brianna, she was way beyond exhausted and several hours past her bedtime.

Next day, started around 8:30ish with the rest of the unloading. I watched the kiddies while Ro and Chris took the moving truck back, then we went out to eat lunch at a place called AQ’s Chicken. Apparently, Bill Clinton himself really likes this place when he’s in town. Food was yummilicious. Only bitterness to the meal was the end ... They went to their new home and I started the long drive back to D/FW. After 6 hours alone in the car (a wash/rince/repeat from the day before), I’m definitely country-musicked out for awhile...

I crashed down onto my bed the instant after I got home Sunday night and took Ranger out to do his business.

I have one thing to day about Fayetteville, Univ or Arkansas, and that section of the Ozarks ... it gives me a vague idea of what Heaven will look like. Definitely gorgeous country. A college town, reminds me a lot of Bryan/College Station and Texas A&M, where I mostly grew up. I would not mind living there At All!

Work today is bizarre. I want to walk around to Ro’s desk and tell her something but she’s not there. It will take some getting used to...

Current Mood: thoughtful
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
11:17 am
For posterity ... I now have another "nephew"
Jarod Quinn Breedlove-Windwalker
7 pounds 2 ounces
21 inches long

Born to Iroshi and Chris on February 23, 2007.

Breanna now has a baby brother, and "Aunt" Vicki has someone else to cuddle and spoil!

Ro and son are both doing fine.

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
4:36 pm
HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY
My adverse event log queue reads … wait for it … ZERO!!!! For the first time since I started working here, my queue is EMPTY!!! On November 1, it was 1,928!!! YES!!!

(cheesy Jamaican accent) Sing wid me now!

Current Mood: BOUNCE BOUNCE BOUNCE
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
12:15 pm
Smooth move, Peaches
One of my co-workers placed a microwaveable pizza in the toaster oven . . . still in it’s box. It’s plastic-coated box . . .

*waves hand in front of face to clear away the smoke*

PEEE-EUUUWW!

Current Mood: bouncy
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