I'm Here

Jul. 30th, 2011 07:11 pm
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I'm not sure when I signed up for this, but I'm here. I have the same name here as on LJ, so everyone should be able to find me. I'll figure out how to move things from there to here.
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My petition to waive basic biology has finally been granted. So I'm now enrolled in the DNA PCR class. Unfortunately, the Immunology class I want to take is still saying that I need to take the basic bio class. Now one would think this should be a simple phone call solution, right? Wrong! The dean's secretary left a message on my phone that I could enroll in the DNA course. When I called her back to see why I couldn't enroll in the other class I got her voice mail.  Of course I left a message. And didn't receive a return call. Went down to the campus and picked up add slips. I'll go to the first class and see if I can add it. Registering for classes at the university I went to wasn't this complicated. 

Oh, and the biggest issue I have about this whole thing? I filed the petition in the middle of May! It didn't even get looked at until last week and I had to go into that office to find out what had happened to my petition. It was buried in her office, she didn't even know where it was. God save me from CA's community college system. And I'm just trying to get a couple of certificates.
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Comment with "ACTION!" and I will give you ten actors and ten actresses. Then post in your LiveJournal (or in the comments) with your favorite films of theirs.

This list presented to me by: [livejournal.com profile] georgiamagnolia

David McCallum – Mosquito Squadron
Robert Vaughn – The Young Philadelphians
Liam Neeson - Nell
Patrick Stewart – Star Trek Insurrection
Vincent Price – The Fly
Rex Harrison – My Fair Lady
Tom Hanks - Philadelphia
Robin Williams – Bicentennial Man
Pierce Brosnan – Mamma Mia (he really shouldn’t sing)
Peter O'Toole – Lawrence of Arabia

Catherine Deneuve – I haven’t seen any of her films.
Rosalind Russell – Gypsy
Katherine Hepburn – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Sally Field – Steel Magnolias
Judi Dench – Shakespeare in Love
Elizabeth Taylor – National Velvet
Tilda Swinton – The Chronicles of Narnia (Both)
Sandra Bullock – The Net
Emma Thompson – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Kate Winslet - Titanic


Aug. 11th, 2010 09:10 pm
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So, Joseph closed to standing ovations. Very happy. Managed to work on three shows last year and not fall once. This year before the final show I hit an uneven piece of pavement and down I went. I must be the only 50-something with skinned knees. Good grief!

Now the show was in Livermore which is about 30 or 40 miles from Oakland. And the traffic on the freeway between the two cities is stupid slow. One night after the show and before battling the freeway we stopped at Jack in the Crack. We made a wrong turn and guess what we found?

I didn't know UNCLE had a credit union. There's a car too, but we didn't take a pic of that.

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 This is the best news I've had in a long time. Now, I know that the fight isn't over yet. I've already read that some groups have their appeals all ready to go to higher level courts. Of course, we're just saying we're engaged right now. Have to do some research to figure out whether or not we can get married or have to wait till all the appeals are heard. For now though, it's a happy time.  

Okay, for those of you who don't live in California or in the US, Prop 8 was the proposition on the ballot in 2008 that amended the state constitution to only recognize marriage by opposite sex couples. The California Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples could marry the year before after the mayor of San Francisco started allowing couples in SF city and county to marry. Now a federal judge has ruled that prop 8 is unconstitutional (like we didn't know that already). 

So, why does this matter so much? After all, we've been together almost 17 years and are basically as married as any straight couple we know. It has to do with simple rights. In California, where we can register as domestic partners ( that's always had a kind of creepy sound to it), we still don't have the same rights as a straight couple. A straight couple who never marry and are together for many years are considered common law married with all the rights of any married couple. See what I mean? After 17 years, we are still not considered married and don't have those rights. Now we can. 

Yep, we're gonna get married. Not sure when yet, but we're going to do it. The last time we waited, they passed prop 8. Don't think we want to take that chance again. 


Aug. 3rd, 2010 05:14 pm
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 So with the interwebs finally working again, I'm back. I've really missed everyone and will be catching up on reading and commenting later. Thanks to periwinkle27 for covering for me. I owe her big time.

Joseph opened to standing ovations and we're having way too much fun int the pit. M and I have been asked to audition for both "Big River" and "Titanic." We're going to audition but we do have to do some research on these shows since we know nothing about them.

As soon as I can figure out how, I'll share some pics I did on the scanning electron microscope. It was a fun class, but not enough time on the machine.

It's nice to be back.
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We opened tonight to a standing ovation. Very cool. I've now sung this show through since Wednesday and I will be on voice rest tomorrow so that I can sing the two shows that are left this weekend. I'm singing from the pit and I'm beat. I can't even imagine how the cast is feeling. There are four of us singing in the pit with the orchestra. It's all the fun of doing the show without having to learn choreography or deal with costumes and makeup but I do miss being on the stage.

I'm auditioning in November for a show called "Big River." Should be interesting. There are only a few women's parts because the show is about Huckleberry Finn. Hope I get in. I really need to find some shows to do now that ACLO is gone. Well, off I go to get some rest. We're going to a wedding tomorrow and then off to the theater. What a weekend!
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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] st_crispins. I really need to learn self control. Aw hell, these are fun!

Your results:
You are Beverly Crusher
Beverly Crusher
Will Riker
Deanna Troi
Jean-Luc Picard
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Geordi LaForge
Mr. Scott
Mr. Sulu
A good physician and a caring parent.
You are devoted to your children
and to your occupation.

Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character am I?" quiz...

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I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Real Life Writing

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

So I did a third one for one of my stories and it came out Stephen King again. At least I like both of these authors. Dan Brown was controversial for his ragging on the Catholic Church, but it was fiction and I like a good story. Stephen King on the other hand is one of my very favorite authors and I will read anything he writes.

The Verdict

Jul. 8th, 2010 11:23 pm
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Well, overall Oakland is still in one piece. I'm very disappointed with the verdict in the Meserle case. Involuntary manslaughter, amazing. I feel so bad for the family of Oscar Grant.

Luckily there hasn't been too much damage and the protests were overall peaceful. Right now the police are arresting people who refuse to leave the downtown area.

I know that this will result in a rash of Oakland bashing. Now, we've not lived here for very long and we don't live in what is considered to be a great area and lots of people in the Bay Area think that Oakland should just be dumped off the face of the planet. In general, I'm very comfortable walking around my neighborhood which in primarily African American and Mexican. Not too many white people around here. We have a quiet group of streets where we just look out for each other. M and I are the block captains for the neighborhood watch (by default, we kept being the only one's on our street who showed up to the meetings). We have very nice neighbors and a lot of retired people around.

In other news, I'm playing flute for Mass this weekend. I'm so nervous, but I think everything will be okay. Of course it's making me practice a lot more. My teacher would be so proud.

We start "Joseph" rehearsals on Sunday...Yay, can't wait! Okay, enough babbling for now.
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So I'm taking a scanning electron microscopy course this summer that's pretty interesting. Something I can add to my resume. It's time to register for the fall and can you believe it? I have to go and see the counselor again. Apparently my degree in biology is not enough to waive their baby bio class. Okay, easy A, not a problem. I signed up for the class, as well as a class in DNA techniques. What does the computer say. Can't sign up for the DNA class because I don't have the baby bio class finished. S*%T! I now have to go and see the counselor so I can take these classes concurrently. Jeez, you'd think I wanted to take a course in brain surgery! I do not have time to take one class a semester! I had given thought to taking enough courses to get all four certifications they offer (most of the courses overlap anyway) but now I'm not so sure. I could lose my mind. And I still need to get calculus into this madness in order to go for my masters. : p

In happier news, M has been picked up permanently at the company she's been temping for. She likes the job and the people and I'm really glad to see her so happy. She will be something like General Operations Manager in the next couple of months. And the owner said that he would defiantly pay 40K and may go up to 60K because she turned down a position with another crazy person who was going to pay 60. I (with the help of a couple of friends) managed to convince her not to make the move back to working for someone who was nuts. She's had enough of that in the last few years. The owner of the company where she is now really seems to appreciate what she can do and the stress level in our house has diminished considerably. 

The kitties are doing great. Our newest baby, Illya, just has the market cornered on cute. I'll have to get some more pictures to put up here. His bowl in now in the kitchen with the big kitties and he's very happy. Of course, we still have the problem of keeping him from eating the grown up food and the others from eating the baby food. Overall, everyone is getting along just fine.

I heard the word marriage out of my son's mouth last night. What a shock. He's got the sweetest girlfriend. Luckily both of them know they need to be better able to take care of themselves before they set a date. Glad something we taught him sunk in! Well, that's all the news that's fit to print in my household.
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Very interesting. Don't know what I expected but...okay.

Take Which Doctor Who companion are you? (girls) today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.
You're Romana!

Silly Doctor. It's adorable, really, how hard he tries. And he is pretty brilliant, you'll give him that. But he always seems to overlook the obvious--including the fact that he's not the only Gallifreyan onboard, thank you very much. You are always calm and collected, and more often than not wonderfully witty, in the face of adversity. The Doctor knows he can count on you, even when you infuriate him!
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I've just had my first class in Scanning Electron Microscopy. I think it's going to be a fun class; the last four weeks are all lab. That's what I'm waiting for. And it's not a class filled with kids. Easy A though. I'm looking into taking the GRE and the Biology subject GRE because the schools that have the master's I want all require it. Yuck! I really don't test well.

My doctor canceled my appointment today. Not very helpful since I've basically been in pain for two weeks and am now out of pain meds. Ibuprofen just really doesn't touch the pain when it's that bad. I wanted to talk to the doc because the pain is totally out of control and I'm not a happy puppy. And I have a pretty high threshold for pain.

M has a full time temp position for the next couple of weeks that may turn into permanent. Here's hoping. She says she can do this for a couple of years while she gets her masters. We'll see.

On the kitty front...Joy and Peek a Boo are tolerating the kitten very well. Punkin, on the other hand, is being a total jerk. I know he'll settle down, but right now he can't stand the kitten. Oh well. Next trick is to figure out how to keep the kitten out of the big guy's food. He likes it, but it doesn't like him and makes him throw up. At least he throws up in the litter box. What a sweet little guy. Right now we just  take him away from the grown up food and put him near his.

That's all for now.


Jun. 19th, 2010 12:30 pm
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Thanks to georgiesmith for lightening this photo. It makes a wonderful icon. She also did the one with Illya sleeping.
One of these days I'll learn to make icons for real. Thanks georgie.
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We have a new baby! He's just three months old and cute as can be.

Pics under here...I hope. )

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Well, I've done it. I've signed up for a course in scanning electron microscope this summer. My hope is that I can find a job tutoring SAT or ACT in the evenings and take the next year to hone my lab skills again so that I can find a job in lab sciences. Then I'll decide if I want to do a masters. I can't believe I'm going back to school. Still haven't heard from them about the Basic Bio class that's a requirement for their Biotech program. The counselor I spoke with said that ten years may be too long ago to waive that class. If so, I guess I'll have an easy A. I've read the description of the class...I've taught the class. ><  Well, we'll see.

On the job front, still no luck. Apparently California is not bouncing back as fast as the rest of the country. Big surprise there. (note the sarcasm) The Governator just totally broke the state. I hope whoever gets into the office next can fix it but I've not been very impressed by the people running so far. We considered moving out of state a few years ago, but everywhere we thought of snows in the winter so here we stay. Even though we've had the longest winter in history.

Off to bed now.


Jun. 7th, 2010 11:42 am
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So, I wake up this morning to find that my e-mail has been hacked and people are getting e-mails to enlarge their penis size. REALLY???? I'm not the only one of my friends that's had this problem and now I know why it's so annoying. Some folks get really mad at you. As though I would ever send spam to my friends! Good grief! I really wonder just what the hackers get out of this. Do they really think people will just click on an unidentified link? I think I've got the problem fixed now...I hope. If any of you got one of these e-mails, I'm really sorry.


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