Tuesday, March 28, 2006

food for thought

The Christian Nation Myth
Our founding fathers established a religiously neutral nation, and a tragedy of our time is that so many people are striving to undo all that was accomplished by the wisdom of the founding fathers who framed for us a constitution that would protect the religious freedom of everyone regardless of personal creed.

humor for the unemployed

Okay, so even though I've only gotten 1 out of 6 recommendation letters so far, this makes me feel a little better:


Because 1) that's not me quite yet, but 2) who wouldn't want the life of a 3 year old again? ;)

I do need to start getting my resume out there though. I guess I'll have to do some gentle nudging or just go with what I've got.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Contact the webhost, you TOOL!

This deserves more attention than just a link in my del.icio.us feed.

This guy is level 60 in Asshattery. Enjoy.
Oklahoma city threatens to call FBI over 'renegade' Linux maker

Friday, March 24, 2006

Skyforest, Lake Arrowhead

Hello from Skyforest! We're up here house/pet sitting and having a wonderful time.

The night before our arrival apparently the mountain got 8 more inches of snow. By the time we were driving up, just before noon, the fog had cleared and the roads had been plowed, so it was an easy drive.

It hasn't snowed since we got here, but the existing snow is melting very slowly - we're just now beginning to see bits of bare ground peeking through.

Mostly we've just been hanging out at the house - which you can see from the picture to the right, is just gorgeous - but yesterday we met up with the wedding coordinator at Lake Arrowhead Resort and officially put our wedding on the calendar. Apparently the whole resort is going to be renovated by the end of fall, so it should be just lovely for our wedding. :)

Last night we also drove into Crestline and went bowling - I did pretty well, breaking 100 every game! I'm glad I've stuck with it, it's still a lot of fun. :)

Anyway, that's about it. Tim is playing Call of Duty 2 or something, and I think I'll go start a load of laundry...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


So we went out and bought the Serenity dvd the other day, and speaking as a person previously completely unfamiliar with Firefly, I can say without reservation that this movie does a fine job of standing on its own.

Serenity is a f*cking good movie.

So good, in fact, that we watched it twice in two days.

THEN we happened to stumble on a Firefly mini-marathon (4 eps) on the SciFi channel, which made us squeeee with joy - but after that we really had no other choice than to run down to Fry's and pick up the Firefly series on dvd. We watched the whole damn thing in one sitting.

OMG I'm a fangirl.

Real Life Simpsons intro

Classic Simpsons intro with real people! OMG this is cool!

The Simpsons - Real Life

OMG, scary accurate.

the Questioner
Test finished!
you chose CY - your Enneagram type is SIX.

"I am affectionate and skeptical"

Questioners are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family,friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Be direct and clear.
  • Listen to me carefully.
  • Don't judge me for my anxiety.
  • Work things through with me.
  • Reassure me that everything is OK between us.
  • Laugh and make jokes with me.
  • Gently push me toward new experiences.
  • Try not to overreact to my overreacting.

What I Like About Being a Six

  • being committed and faithful to family and friends
  • being responsible and hardworking
  • being compassionate toward others
  • having intellect and wit
  • being a nonconformist
  • confronting danger bravely
  • being direct and assertive

What's Hard About Being a Six

  • the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind
  • procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself
  • fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of
  • exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger
  • wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right
  • being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations

Sixes as Children Often

  • are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn
  • are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger
  • form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent
  • look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel
  • are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families,and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent

Sixes as Parents

  • are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty
  • are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence
  • worry more than most that their children will get hurt
  • sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries

Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy
Discover the 9 Types of People
HarperSanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages

You liked the test? so please RATE it...
but remember! it had only two questions!!! ;-)

Link: The Quick and Painless ENNEAGRAM Test written by felk on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Incline Village 2006

Incline Village 2006
Originally uploaded by Lisaaaaa.
Just before I got laid-off, Tim and I went on a snowboarding trip to Tahoe with friends Todd and Lesly.

Click the image to the right for more pics from the trip!

a clean start

Thank you everyone for your kind words and thoughts, I'm doing just fine. Thanks to Bascha and my MOM in particular, who have been furiously networking on my behalf, I have a number of freelance projects lined up that should carry me for a while even if the job market proves tougher than I thought.

NorCal Renfaire 2005
Tim has been absolutely wonderful.
He knows when to make me laugh and
when to let me cry,
when to distract me and
when to motivate me.
I'm very happy to be marrying this man. :)

Last week, instead of moping, Tim and I took up bowling. We bought starter kits from the pro shop for really cheap, and I got a super cool purple & dark blue ball, all swirly like outer-space and stuff. Tim had my name engraved on it as a surprise. It's a whole lot of fun even if I'm not really that good at it yet, though it is a LOT more expensive than I thought it would be (the cost of the games, not the equipment). I think we're going to have to look for a cheaper alley, though the one we're currently going to is very nice.

Today I'll be getting a new cellphone (I haven't had a new phone in years) and phone number (so I can stop screening my calls!).

Other to-do items for this week:
* contact 6 people from my old workplace for letters of reference
* start constructing new resume
* work on SymX's myspace page ;)
* contact a couple of freelance clients about their websites

Lake Arrowhead - Spring, 2005
In other news,
Charlie is a little cuddle bug,
and I just want to hug him
and squeeze him
and love him
and pet him...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Lost my job today. Laid-off, not fired, but still.

I've been telecommuting for 4 years, and frankly I've been waiting for this to happen. It's become increasingly more difficult to be involved with my team since they seem to be pulling away from digital communication and relying more on face-to-face meetings.

It was a shock, but not entirely unexpected. I did cry.

I was given a severance package, which I do appreciate - though after 5 1/2 years of employment, the size of the package is a little insulting.

On the bright side, I've had 5 1/2 years with a very high-profile company, and I expect to have some glowing recommendations. If there are jobs in my field to be had, I should be a good candidate.

I hope.

Now might be a good time to take a Flash class to beef up my skill set - I guess I have some space on my calendar now, LOL.

Well... more later I guess... I'm going to go... um... do... something... maybe hug Charlie for a while.