Lindsey's Blog

Monday, July 31, 2006

Brandon's New Job!

For the past several months, Brandon has been working at a video store, and looking for a "real job." Next Tuesday he starts that job, as a Management Trainee at a trucking company. While his job at "BallBuster" offered such perks as free movie rentals, this new job offers good pay and benefits, regular hours, and more opportunities to advance. Best of all, Brandon thinks he'll enjoy the position. I am so, so happy for him. Congratulations babe!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Cicadas

Ahh...this weekend at home has been so nice and relaxing. I had two back-to-back trips for work, and have been gone the majority of the past two weeks. It is really nice to be home after that. It is so hot outside, so I've mostly just been hanging around the house. I live on the edge of a small woodsy area, and I can hear the cicadas humming even through the closed windows. Cicadas always make me think of the hottest, slowest part of summer. This is the time, when I was younger, that I would start to look forward to the start of the school year.
I went to school at IU, and in Bloomington, they don't just have the regular cicadas, they have 17-year cicadas. I was in Bloomington the summer before my senior year, and witnessed the coming of the 17-year cicadas. Normal cicadas live underground for a year, until summertime, when they emerge to mate, and then they die. 17-year cicadas don't come annually (duh) like regular cicadas, but appear only every 17 years. They are bigger and louder. When they emerge from the ground, they come in hoards. Walking through campus, where there a lot of trees, you had to raise your voice to carry on a conversation over the high-pitched droning. Imagine thousand of regular cicadas, then multiple the sound by 17. It was almost impossible to walk without stepping on them. At least a few cicadas would get in your house--very fun for the cat. You could also easily get cicadas in your car if driving with the windows down. My friend Rob had the bad fortune of getting two cicadas in his car--if you are a pizza delivery guy, it is not very fun to have those things buzzing at you for 8 or more hours at a time. If the 17-year cicadas did get in your car or house, you pretty much had to wait for them to die. You see, if you come near a 17-year cicada, it doesn't scurry away or try to hide, it jumps at your face. The cat was the only one who could handle these cicada attacks. Once all of the cicadas finally started to die, you would find their little carcasses on the sidewalk, stuck in your screens, everywhere. It was kind of gross, and they're insanely loud droning was kind of annoying, but I was glad that I got to witness the 17-year cicadas. How many people have gotten to see that?

Friday, July 28, 2006

Outrageous

Not only is it intolerant and horrible, but keeping gays out of the military is expensive. According to this AP article, it has cost the Pentagon nearly $369 million to discharge and replace gays in the military. Read the outrageous story of one of those people here, and see just how well Don't Ask Don't Tell is working. It's just plain crazy.

Help, I Don't Know How to Use a Computer

Because I am a software trainer, people often mistakenly think I know a lot about computers, including all software programs, writing code, etc. This actually could not be further from the truth. Many people who have known me for a long time, me included, were surprised when I got a job at a software company. Sure I can type with my fingers in the appropriate asdf jkl; position, I can use Word, and a little in Excel and PowerPoint, and I can navigate the internet. Other than that, pretty much everything I know about computers I learned at this job, most of it pertaining directly to my job and not computer use in general. For example, I am currently on an airplane. I really don’t know if or how I can use the internet while flying. This is extremely embarrassing to me. Right now I am connected to a “Peer-to-Peer” wireless connection. I really don’t know what this means. And though my computer says I have a connection, I can’t get on the internet. I don’t even know if I’m allowed to get on the internet on the plane, though I have seen other people do it. I am currently typing this in Word, and plan to copy and paste it into my blog later. If anyone out there knows about using the internet on a plane, you should tell me what to do. Don’t laugh at me, I can’t help it.

PS: I really am not bad at my job; I do actually know how to use the software I train on, and more importantly I know to teach other people to use it. Co-workers, if you are reading this, do not think I’m incompetent. Ha ha ha.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Strange Comments

Lately I have been getting spammed with blog comments like "Very best site. Keep working. Will return in the near future" and "Your are Excellent. And so is your site! Keep up the good work. Bookmarked." These odd comments from an anonymous source first appeared on my blog a few weeks ago. There were a few comments randomly spread across different entries. All of the entries were in the past, so I wouldn't have even noticed if I didn't get an email everytime someone leaves a comment. Skip ahead to this morning...I go to work, check my email, and see that some comments have been made on my blog. They are all these weird "complimentary" spam comments. I count the emails as I delete them--160! Very annoying way to start the day. Here's the thing I don't get, what is the point of this comment spam? They are not advertising anything, they don't contain links to other sites...is annoyance their sole purpose? Anyway, I have turned on word verification for comments to prevent future spam.

In other news, I had a very lovely trip to Harleysville, PA this week. It is a nice area--small towns scattered through farmland. Lots of trees, it was very pretty to drive through. The people at the bank were so nice, and the hotel had an outdoor pool. It was nice to go swimming during the heatwave that seems to be sweeping the entire country. On the way home I was supposed to have a layover in Atlanta, and then fly to Indy. Well my first flight was delayed, causing me to miss my connection, the last flight to Indy until morning. But, one of my high school friends lives in Atlanta, and picked me up at the airport. We haven't seen each other in a couple of years, so we went out all night, then he took me back to the airport and he went to class. It was so fun, and the best possible ending to missing my connection, but I am still not fully recovered from our all-night bender followed by uncomfortable plane ride. I'm glad it's the weekend soon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Home Sick

Today I am sick. I have been sick since Sunday night. I am feeling better now, but up until late this afternoon I had a bad stomach ache. I missed work yesterday morning, and left today after about an hour, after throwing up my breakfast. It's always pleasant to puke in a public bathroom. I'm finally really feeling better now. I just finished dinner and I think I'm OK.

An even better story...
I keep all of my keys on a handy carabiner. This includes the two fobs I use at work, a key to my front door, to my garage, to my mailbox, and to my car. Yesterday I was going the bathroom, and I had my keys in my sweater pocket. I leaned over to flush. At the same instance the keys fell out of my pocket and disappeared from sight. A maintenance guy tried to rescue them, but they were gone forever. I had to tell this story to multiple people in order to get the maintenance guy to come out, and then to report my lost fobs. Everything thought it was quite hilarious.

My fobs were replaced, and I have spares of the others, so it wasn't a huge deal. Except for one thing; I had stupidly left the extra car key IN THE CAR! So I called my insurance company to come open my door. It was a great day of feeling extra stupid/queasy.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

2nd Day in the Office in Two Weeks

Oh blog, I haven't blogged in so long. Because I've been busy! Last week I went to Vermont for work. One day I went driving for an hour through Vermont and New Hampshire. It is so incredible. I definitely plan to go back! After my VT trip, I was back for a day, and then flew to Chicago to see my family. From there we drove up to Wisconsin to see my grandparents. It was a fun weekend of visits with family and high school friends. And I DROVE back from my parents house in my car!!! My younger brother bought a truck, so I bought his dark blue 2002 Chevy Cavalier. The funny thing is, I used to drive this car my senior year of high school. You know when people buy a used car and they say, "I got a new car; well it's not new, but it's new to me." But my "new" car isn't even new to me. Ha ha ha. I'm so happy to have a car though. It is just nice to be able to drive when you need to, and not have to always try to work around everyone's schedule.

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July.