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Monday, August 25th, 2008 02:17 am
As of a little over two hours ago, I am now 40 years old.

Forty.

FORTY.

Yeah, I'm having a few problems with this whole concept.
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Sunday, July 13th, 2008 08:35 pm
Hit Half-Price Books' warehouse sale today. 29 books and two CDs for $20 plus tax - I mark that one firmly in the "win" column. Since this was a special occasion, [livejournal.com profile] botgrrrl made an exception to the "no new books if you have no room on your 'to-read shelf'" rule - with the result that I now have two "to-read shelves."

For [livejournal.com profile] maethe - remember the exchange we had about David Palmer's novel "Emergence," with you pointing me to a used copy at Powell's? Practically the first thing I saw at the sale was another copy of that book. If I'd had a few years' worth of patience, I could have owned it for just fifty cents!

We had planned to go to the sale yesterday, but when we drove by at 11:00 (the sale opened at 10:00), the parking lot looked an awful lot like an Apple store from the day before, so instead we drove around and bought lots of other stuff, including a table to put out on the balcony so we don't have to drag the TV trays out there every time we want to paint in the sun.

Among the things we bought was a cute little frozen snack mold, which has allowed me to enjoy tasty frozen treats made with cranberry cosmopolitan mix and lemon vodka. This, I think, is another one for the "win" column. Currently freezing: Russian Lemonade popsicles.

Here, have a painting of Mt Rainier, called "It Ain't Paradise - But You Can See It From Here:"



And that's as much coherence as I can manage when it's still this hot.
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Friday, July 4th, 2008 01:25 am
"Or, Things You'd Rather Not Hear ER Techs Say."

"Or, I Told You I'd Rather You Test-Drove The Motorcycle."

Yes, that's my fascia the title quote refers to. )
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Thursday, June 26th, 2008 01:54 pm
* Post 3 things you've done in your lifetime that you don't think anybody else on your friends list has done.
* See if anybody else responds with "I've done that."
* Have your friends cut & paste this into their journal to see what unique things they've done in their life.

1. Been killed in a helicopter crash
2. Had to shovel 12+ feet of snow off of roofs to keep buildings from collapsing
3. Been inside the Arctic Circle

Hmm . . . all three of those have to do with my time in the Army. Guess my life as a civilian's been pretty boring.
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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 07:23 am
This is rich, especially this bit:

Dobson took aim at examples Obama cited in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy - chapters like Leviticus, which Obama said suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination, or Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."

"Folks haven't been reading their Bibles," Obama said.

Dobson and Minnery accused Obama of wrongly equating Old Testament texts and dietary codes that no longer apply to Jesus' teachings in the New Testament.

"I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology," Dobson said.


Who's using Old Testament texts for what now, Mr. Dobson, you bigotted homophobe? (And that's the kindest thing I can say about him.)
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Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 10:21 pm
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want — good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.
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Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 07:04 pm
Not as good as I'd hoped for, but I'm not sorry I went. And the whole thing is one long piece of fanservice.
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Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 11:32 am
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] nmsys:

Take the Sci fi sounds quiz I received 64 credits on
The Sci Fi Sounds Quiz

How much of a Sci-Fi geek are you?
Quiz by SheGoddess: Lose weight quickly
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Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 11:05 pm

Ganked from a number of persons on my friends list:

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post* about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, favorite type of underwear, etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other. or not.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 02:49 pm
I have had it already with the new PC. Vista WON'T LET ME SAVE TO MY OWN DAMN HARD DRIVES. If I can't figure out what obscure setting I need to find to fix this, it's going to be a doorstop until I can wipe the drive and install XP. I'm not going to put much more time in it, either, because I AM gong to wipe it and upgrade to XP, but I would kinda like to be able to USE my $1000 computer between now and when I'm able to get my hands on a copy of XP.

I'm buying three, so that I can squirrel the other two away for future use. I WILL NOT ever let another Vista machine in my house. It's easier to fight with OS X, for God's sake, then with freaking Vista.
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 08:27 pm

. . .  but the brain transplant was a failure. I had anticipated difficulties in moving a Windows XP drive from a system using an ATI video card to a system using an nVidia card. I had not anticipated the difficulty in moving an XP drive with SP2 applied from an Intel system to an AMD system. I can boot in safe mode . . . but you can't log in in safe mode, and therefore I can't activate XP.

Fucking Microsoft. They get a special place in Hell right next to Dell, those jackass monkeyfuckers. I'm stuck with fucking Vista now and I am Not Happy about that.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 12:42 am
Don't expect a real post out of me for a day or two. I'm off this week, and I have Call of Duty 4 (which is pissing me off right now) and Kim Harrison's The Outlaw Demon Wails to keep me busy. If I weren't on vacation, I wouldn't come up for air for the rest of the week, at least.

In other news, it doesn't look like I'm going to get the promotion that I'm interning for at work - I haven't even been interviewed. Whether this is me and HR jointly dropping the ball (they never answered my email, I never followed up), or whether the Specialty Unit supervisor decided not to interview me, I don't know. I'm having trouble caring - I dislike large portions of the particular job intensely, but it's the only real gateway out of the customer service department, and it would be a raise. On the other hand, I get to work my four tens starting in April, and NOT work weekends, and take a drawing class, and . . .  yeah.

I'm gonna go read now.
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 12:33 am
You know the drill. Bold the ones you've seen, italicize the ones you've seen part of.
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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 02:40 pm
Not only do I get off the damned weekend schedule as of 4/07/08, I get to work a 4x10 schedule - Mon-Tues, Wed off, Thu-Fri, Sat-Sun off. This makes me happy.
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Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 09:10 pm
The lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] alicebentley asks: Read more... )
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Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 02:04 pm
1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.

2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.

3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.

4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.

5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

[livejournal.com profile] scarlettina asks these questions: )
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Friday, February 1st, 2008 01:33 am
This is evidently a real bill proposed in the Mississippi Legislature. Somebody please tell me there's a story behind this and the Mississippi Legislature doesn't just have their heads up their collective third point of contact.

This is also why I should not be allowed to read [community profile] stupid_free or [community profile] sf_drama when I'm already pretty disgusted with the general state of humanity.
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Monday, January 28th, 2008 06:28 pm
Slogged to work through snow.
Took claims calls all morning, then got stuck in the general queue.
Came home and got last form needed to do taxes.
Did taxes. Getting $470 back.
Still not king.
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Thursday, January 24th, 2008 04:51 pm
Only not so much with the gun. I had nine "four-star" shots for the day, so I guess it wasn't too bad. I have quite a few more "three-star" shots, but those I need to look at more to determine if they're suitable for consumption other than mine.