Tuesday, January 20, 2004

http://www.dodgeglobe.com/stories/011704/sta_0117040065.shtml

I can't believe this. Well, actually I can. Kansans tend to vote GOP. Which is not a party known for caring if people go hungry. But here, in Kansas? Have you ever eaten food? If you have, there's a pretty good chance you've eaten Kansas food. Agriculture is one of the main industries here, there are surpluses out the wazoo, and yet we can't feed our own people?

Monday, January 19, 2004

wOOt! Blogging on a Monday!

Today's stupid commerical: McDonald's. Mom goes to the playground to pick up the kids and they won't come to the car. Song lyric asks "What would MacGyver do?" Mom picks up an empty McD's bag from the car, waves it, kids come running.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think MacGyver would have blown some shit up using gum, a straw wrapper, and a fossilized French fries. You know, just to get their attention.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Went to the pet store yesterday, to buy some Herptivite (reptile vitamin powder). While there, J saw a bearded dragon. http://www.sundialreptile.com/carm02fro.htm
Now he wants one. These animals need a 50 gallon tank when adult, so we've decided to start acquiring all the "stuff" necessary now, and then get a dragon. J wants to build a cabinet/holder for the tank. He wanted to just keep it directly in the wood tank, which is fine, except a pain in the ass to clean. Doing it this way, we get the insulation of wood and the easy cleaning of a glass tank.

Saturday, January 17, 2004

My wisdom tooth hurts much less this morning. Actually, the gum hurts less. The tooth is fine.

Also, I'm pretty sure that Gex would like to ride around on top of my head. I wonder if they make leashes for geckos.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Hmm. I only post on Fridays or Saturdays. For the most part anyway. And no, Susie, I will not explain the blog title.

You know, all I have to do to be married to J is say I am. That's because Kansas has "common law marriage." This makes my job fun. There's all sorts of myths out there about common law, the most common of which is the "live together for seven years and you're married" myth. That's billshit, frankly. To be considered common law in Kansas, a couple has to be (a) one man and one woman (which is shitty), (b) be of the legal age of consent, (c) represent each other as wife and husband, (d) live together, and do one or more of the following: file joint income taxes, own property together, have a joint bank account, or name each other as beneficiaries of life insurance. There are other things, too, but I can't remember them. So essentially, you have to make at least a little effort to be considered common-law.

Common law is a holdover from the frontier days, when it was really hard for someone in East Jeebus to get to a magistrate or judge or minister in a timely fashion. It still helps some people in isolated areas. But mostly it's a pain in my ass. The problem is that a lot of folks don't realize that in the eyes of the state (and of the insurance company), a common law marriage is just as binding as one with a marriage license. YOU CAN'T CHANGE COMMON LAW SPOUSES ON A WHIM, PEOPLE! To get another one, you have to legally divorce the first one. Period. I had to explain that at work today. Hence the long post.

Friday, January 09, 2004

I added some more pictures to the link in the first post. My feet hurt. I wore heeled shoes today, thinking it would be a sedentary day- Fridays usually are. It's the day we update reports in our office. However, today my computer crashed. Totally. As in, they had to reinstall Windows crashed. IT tried to update one of the programs, but it didn't take. So I was filing all day, putting together orientation packets, etc. And now my feet hurt. I need to go to Target but I don't wanna, so I think I'm going to go to bed.

Saturday, January 03, 2004

I've taking up the sport of fencing, Renaissance style. In my backyard. With J. He used to fence a lot, before a falling out with his local group. It's a shame, in my opinion, to let skills go to waste, so I asked him to teach me. Although I haven't got any equipment yet. That's later this week.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Gex is found! Thanks to the sheer stupidity of BeBe, he is fine- tail and toes intact, and just a bit pissed that his adventure has ended.

He got out when I left the top of his tank (he lives in a fish tank) to go fill his water dish. Little did I know that my little lizard had ambitions of becoming a Marine. The currently theory is that he did a "chin up" on the rim of the aquarium and climbed out. I did not know he could do this. Anyway, he was out for about 4 days. We searched the whole bedroom for him, but there are lots of places for something the size of my hand to hide in there. Then, last night he was spotted. I put a towel across the bottom of the bedroom door to try to keep him in, or at least slow him down. J had just emerged from the shower when he saw BeBe batting at the towel. And there was Gex! Fortunately, it was The Dumb One who spotted him, and not the smart one. So now he's in a bigger tank (a 20 gallon fish tank that my parents weren't using) with more climbing things (all more than twice his length away from the top), burrowing things, and a mirror. I'm relieved.

Thursday, January 01, 2004

I'm purling! Well, not right now, but just before now! Woot! I'm the bomb! Or something!

My stupid lizard got out of his cage. I don't know how. He's a gecko, but not one of those that can climb on glass. Stupid lizard.