Friday, June 30, 2006

We might be going away again!

We have had a pretty nice week and I've gotten a lot done on my website.

There was one setback--my site is not getting the donation I thought it was getting (or investment if you prefer). That is very disappointing. My site will survive, though. I am still incorporating and then I will be getting into a partnership with this other site that hopefully will bring in lots of money and traffic.

Then the other disappointing thing is that I haven't heard back yet from my band members this week...I hope they are not giving up on me or have decided my singing sucks LOL!! Probably just busy or not good at answering email. I have to phone them tomorrow and see if I can get some kind of answers.

Looks like we're going on a short trip this weekend--very impromptu. We might go to Atlanta and South Carolina.

Well, last Sun. was my husband's birthday so we went out to dinner...that was fun. My s-i-l's birthday was on Sat., but she's in California. Monday was Jeremiah's funeral and I'm told it was very nice. It was in Ramona, so I couldn't attend.

I am very disappointed to learn that the show "Huff" has been canceled. Now I will be canceling my Showtime subscription! They have just canceled all the shows I liked and there is nothing left that I like enough to pay for it. On the other hand, if I get HBO instead, I can go back to watching Real Time with Bill Maher this summer. See, originally I had both, when I had cable. I liked Stargate, then Queer as Folk, Dead Like Me, and now Huff...but they canceled them all, so...and in the meantime I lost HBO when I went to DISH (it would have been an extra $14 per month). So, bye bye to Showtime and hello HBO!

Oh, on Saturday I went to the mall with my m-i-l. We had a pretty good time. Then we went to Applebee's for lunch. It was fine. The waiter came over and gave us the check, but when he picked up her credit card, he asked to see her I.D. Now, those of you who live in New York or California are probably used to this (although probably more in stores than restaurants). I was suprised and said something about how I was surprised Applebee's was doing this. He said, "No, this is just something *I* do". I mentioned that they do that all the time in California but I've never seen it here. He was walking away, but the cash register was right behind our table so he didn't go far. As he walked away, I said to my m-i-l, "That's too bad..." and I was going to explain to her how I hate that policy (because it's an inconvenience), but the waiter turned and said in a very snotty voice, "Well, it's a shame that there is identity theft!". I was so shocked that he would say that! Because a) waiters are not supposed to make snide, rude comments to you! and b) I was not talking to him, and c) identity theft is not the same thing as credit card theft. I did not say anything else to him. I was just very angry and we left quickly, pledging never to return. Well, I sent Applebee's an email, explaining this situation. I also added that I had been in Applebee's before (and recently), and they had been very nice, so I was shocked by this behavior. So I got a nice phone call from the manager today, apologizing profusely for that waiter's behavior, saying they had a talk with him, and asking me to return (and offering to buy me lunch). I said that wouldn't be necessary but I'd have to think about returning. The manager was very nice. So I won't hold it against the Applebee's corporation. I do like their food. I just hope I don't see that waiter again! Obviously he has "issues"!! Geez!!

Have a great 4th of July weekend and Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends!

Friday, June 23, 2006

I apologize!

I'm very sorry if you posted a comment and I didn't see it or reply! Apparently they are supposed to email me when someone comments, so I can approve it, but the emails did not get to me for some reason. I just approved a bunch of comments. I read back to March to see a few, but too lazy to go back farther than that :)

Please comment on my blog! Thanks!

Also please read the blogs on my links...especially House of Old School.

While I'm apologizing...I'm sorry if anyone thinks I'm posting too much lately. So much has just been happening that I'm afraid if I wait to post on it, I will forget.

I am in a small conundrum about my sleeping hours. On the one hand, there are definite advantages to waking up in the morning with the rest of the world. I can go to the park in the morning, walk the dog while it's cool, and get my exercise. I will be awake when errands have to be run during daylight hours.

On the other hand, I kind of like having the house to myself at night while everyone else is asleep. I have more time to myself. It's cooler. I can stay up as late as I want and not worry about it until I get tired. Also, if my band starts going, then I will have to stay up late (at least when we perform).

Well, we'll see...I just wish I could stick to ONE schedule and not keep bouncing back and forth.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

What's going on this week

We went out to karaoke last night and I met up with two of my prospective band members. The karaoke was not very good--it's gotten too popular (I only got to sing ONE song in the 2+ hours I was there), but it was great to meet up with these two guys (one a bass player and one a sax player). The guitar player and drummer couldn't make it. I heard from the drummer today--he was out of town. I'm hoping we can get together on Saturday with him and some of the others. Then we can set up a rehearsal time and get going on it. The two guys last night seemed to be really positive about my singing and the songs I listed. They are both pretty experienced and have been in bands for years, even though one is a college guy and one is older than I am. They said that a lot of the bands that play in the bars can only play in those type of venues, whereas since I know such a wide variety of songs, we could conceivably play in "classier" places (and hence make more money). So that would be great. I really only care about singing with a band--the rest is all icing on the cake to me!! We get paid-great! I'd do it for free ;)

So I'm hoping that we can meet up Saturday at Crossroads, which is the crummy little bar down the street from me. It's kind of a dive, but at least it's close by.

It's been a busy week, just getting everything figured out with my m-i-l moving in. DISH came the other day to add my m-i-l's TV to my receiver. It was quite a hassle, but it ended up ok, finally. It just took most of the day so it was very stressful. The guy was kind of a jerk but he did right by us in the end. At first he said they might have to charge us, which DISH network told me they wouldn't. Then he couldn't get it to work and told me that the guy who originally came to put in the receiver was supposed to have made sure it worked and he would have to be the one to fix it. So we were going to have to wait another week. But after he left, I saw that the tv in our bedroom (the receiver is there that hooks up to the other one) was not working. I phoned DISH, and they couldn't get it to work over the phone, so they had to call the other guy to come back. In the meantime, someone from their company called to ask if their service person had showed up and whether he was able to fix the problem, so I gave her an earful! So when he came back to fix that TV, he also ended up fixing the other problem as well, so now it is all working. I don't know if he was just being nice, or one of his bosses told him to go ahead and fix it, or what. We're just grateful it works now! But she mostly watches our big TV in the living room, anyway. Right now it's mostly reruns, so I don't mind letting her watch a lot. I have been so busy with other things, anyway!

We got a lot done this week in helping her unpack and stuff. We are all still adjusting, including the dog :) Monday she goes to find our about her insurance, and that should help her out a lot.

Yesterday I made a bunch of phone calls. I set up some appointments for some cleaners to come by and give me estimates. Today this one came, so I think she will probably be the cheapest. I have a couple of others coming over tomorrow, but my guess is that they will be much more expensive. Might as well get the estimates, though, and that way if this lady ever quits doing it, I will know how much they charge. We have a big place, though, so I'm guessing they will charge over $100 per visit. We are going to be having it done every two weeks, so that is too expensive. I'm sure they would do a fantastic white-glove job and take less time, but....

I phoned the accountant to ask about these incorporation papers he sent me (I have lots of questions), but he was not in. I'm surprised he didn't call me back yet. Then my friend David was supposed to phone, too.

We were supposed to go to the mall today, but I just stayed up too late last night and didn't feel like it this morning. We will probably go Saturday. I was very keyed up yesterday after the karaoke and meeting up with the band, so I stayed up way too late. I recorded a lot of songs, which is good. I hadn't done any in a long while. It is always great and fun, but it takes up so much time! I don't know yet how I will balance the band and the site...we'll just have to wait and see. Both are very important to me, of course. And both are taking off, in their own way.

You don't really know how difficult it is to be disabled until you have to live with someone who is (or until you become that way yourself). I didn't realize that besides having bad arthritis and awful hearing, my m-i-l is also going blind. It is so sad. I don't know how she deals with it all. I can't believe she was driving until a week ago. Yikes. It's definitely an eye-opener to live with someone who has so many disabilities. And yet for her age, she's in pretty good shape in so many ways. It seems like most people she knows are either totally blind, or lost a limb, or have heart problems, etc. So you can always look on the bright side! There are always people worse off than you. I am getting her a big-key computer keyboard and a special mouse, both for the elderly. I hope she will be able to use the computer regularly, at least for a while. Last time she was visiting, she was checking her email pretty regularly and starting to learn how to shop online, but once she went back home, she didn't check it again. We have been busy, so I haven't brought it up yet again, but I plan to.

Jeremiah's funeral is on Saturday...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

AP Article

Here's an article from the AP that Barb sent me; it was in the Fargo paper.

North Dakota soldier killed in Iraq
JAMES MacPHERSONAssociated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. - A North Dakota soldier whose death in Iraq was announced Saturday by the Army touched the lives of those around him, his former teacher said.
Spc. Jeremiah S. Santos, 21, who lived in Devils Lake and Minot, died in Baghdad on Thursday in a roadside bomb attack, Army officials said.
A roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee during combat, the statement from the military said.
Devils Lake Principal Ryan Hanson lives near Santos' family and taught Santos in math class.
"I was so proud of the growth he had made as a person, and the maturity he had showed. He really became a fine young man," Hanson said Saturday night. "There's certain kids that touch you. Jeremiah was one of those kids."
Santos left school and attended the Quentin Burdick Job Corps Center in Minot, Hanson said. He earned a GED, and graduated in the facility maintenance program at the Job Corps Center in January 2004, officials there said. He also attended a semester of classes at Minot State University.
Job Corps Director Dave Ellingson said Santos was one of the most pleasant students he ever had.
"He spoke at his church just a few weeks ago and mentioned how proud he was to serve and he wasn't afraid to die," Hanson said.
Santos set his goals high and wanted to prove himself, Hanson said.
"Ultimately, he really did," Hanson said. "There's a lot of people that are very proud of Jeremiah in the Devils Lake area."
North Dakota National Guard spokesman Bill Prokopyk said Santos' mother, Laurie McGlone and stepfather, Patrick McGlone, live in Devils Lake. He said Santos' father, Shannon Santos, lives in San Diego. An Army spokesman said military records show Santos' wife lives at Fort Hood, but he did not know her name.
Prokopyk said the family was not prepared to talk with reporters or issue a statement Saturday. He said family members were headed for San Diego to plan a funeral there. A memorial service also was slated for Devils Lake, although details were not final, he said.
Lt. Col. Hershel Holiday, an Army spokesman, said Santos' vehicle was attacked around 3:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, or about 12:30 a.m. Thursday in Iraq.
Santos was assigned to the 2nd Battalion of 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division of Fort Hood, Texas, officials said.
Military officials did not immediately release other details.
His former teacher fought back tears Saturday night.
"It's gut-wrenching," Hanson said of the news of Santos' death.
"But I think Jeremiah would be yelling at me not to cry," the principal said. "He'd say, 'Mr. Hanson, this is what I wanted to do."
Santos was the 13th U.S. service member with North Dakota ties who was reported killed while on duty in Iraq.
The announcement came the same day a funeral service was held in Bismarck for Travis Van Zoest, 21, a National Guard soldier killed June 6 in Afghanistan.
Van Zoest and Cpl. Curtis Mehrer, 21, of Bismarck, were killed June 6 while on a reconnaissance mission when a roadside bomb went off near their vehicle. They were members of the Guard's 188th Air Defense Artillery. Funeral services for Mehrer were held Thursday.





After seeing all the news about those poor soldiers that were captured, tortured, killed and then beheaded...I'm glad Jeremiah was not captured, at least. Their families must be going through even more horrors than mine.

Here's CNN's site where he's listed
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/page6.html
Thanks, Zina!

Pat and his family are in San Diego this week for the funeral...I have to phone him about when/where so I can send flowers.

Thank you to all of you who have sent your good wishes, prayers, etc.

Not feeling well today...just female stuff :) Tonight we are going out to karaoke and I will meet at least two of my band members. Hoping to get in touch with the other two!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Hometown article

Click on the title above to see the newspaper article for The Devils Lake Journal (where my brother lives-my nephew Jeremiah's home town, sort of).

A very nice article and it's great to see a good, more recent picture of him (although it's grainy on their site).

Things have been so busy here...we are doing a lot of unpacking of my mother-in-law's and getting stuff done. Tuesday morning the DISH guy is coming by to hook up her TV to the system. I helped her do a lot of unpacking today because we had to look for the remotes for her TV and VCR. It was a good idea but tiring moving all these boxes. We are moving her Christmas stuff into a hall closet where we keep Xmas stuff...I will have to move some videotapes out of there to make room, probably. I really need to get more shelves and bookcases for tapes and books. We have way too many boxes of things that should be displayed. She does, too, for that matter.

We kept some of her kitchen stuff, too, so I have to find places for that (not too difficult). There are some good things she brought with her, like a metal stand that she was using for something else, now we are using it for her toaster oven and my bread machine, plus we will probably put some other stuff on it. Also she brought her stationary bike with her, so I will probably use that. We have a treadmill, but it really doesn't work right any more. We will probably trash it or try to get it fixed, if possible. I had joined a gym, but it's never very convenient to go there (it's at the campus), so we will probably cancel that.

I have been walking the dog a bit in the early evenings, so that's been nice, when it's not TOO humid.

I got a box of tapes today, thanks to Boo, so I can start catching up on some soaps from when we were out of town! I've gotten a lot of stuff done this week on my site and on watching stuff.

I really need to make some calls, like to find a maid service..just haven't gotten around to that yet.

We're going to karaoke on Wednesday night at Rhythm and Brews downtown...hoping to meet up with my band members there. Two have not emailed me back yet about it, so I hope they are getting my emails!

Have a good week!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

DOD announcement

http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2006/nr20060617-13282.html

Thanks to all who have sent me their sympathies and condolences.

I was so shocked when I read my brother's email about Jeremiah. I was just at a loss, don't know how else to describe it. Then I started crying. Then I felt sad and empty. Then I cried again. Ugh, it is just so horrible and awful. I can't even bear to think about it, or I start getting upset all over again. It's just so senseless, wasteful and stupid.

Then I went to phone my brother, and I stupidly kneeled on my glasses, bending them all out of shape. Glad they didn't break or I would have had to get new ones. I have backup glasses, but they are not bifocals, so I can't read the computer with them any more. I feel so OLD. I was giving myself a headache last night, trying to use the computer close up. I finally gave up and just watched TV (the glasses are fine for far away). Thankfully I was able to go in and get them bent back this morning at the eyeglass place, so they are good as new.

We had an uneventful day...ran some errands, had lunch, etc. Now I'm doing my usual Saturday stuff of making new pages for my site.

It feels slightly disrespectful to chat here as if nothing has changed, but what else can one do? Life goes on, at least for the rest of us. Know that Jeremiah and his family are never far from my mind, despite what other mundane tasks I perform or talk about.

I hope you all have a good weekend.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Sad day, sad loss

I just wanted to let everyone know....I just found out that my beloved nephew Jeremiah was killed in the Iraq war. He was 21 and had just joined up last summer and gone over to Iraq this past fall. We are all very stunned and upset. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Jeremiah was a very sweet boy and everyone loved him. He just got married before he shipped out. I only have two nephews and one niece, now one less. He will really be missed.

Stupid Bush, stupid war....it's all so pointless and horrible.
Here is a pic I had on my website...I will scan in a more recent one later.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

A cool day!

Wow, today has been such an exciting day, I can't even tell you.

First, my m-i-l's stuff arrived. so that took up the first half of the day. The movers were very nice but took a long time :) but it all worked out. I was very tired because I went to bed around 3 am. The movers said they'd be here at 8 but of course they arrived an hour later!

Then, I got some new calls and emails for new band members!!! Another drummer called. I got emails from a saxophone player and a lead guitar player, and they both sound like a go. I am hoping to meet up with everyone next week. So woo hoo!! Sounds like I will be rehearsing soon with my new band!! Any name suggestions? Email me!

Then I have been chatting the past few days with this company that wants to make this huge deal with me...it could make a lot more money for my site. It's cool but also kinda scary!! It's like, real business. Imagine me, a working class girl with this little TV site....who knows, I might be the next internet mogul, ha ha! I spent most of the afternoon on email or the phone with various people, trying to get things worked out. I may have a VERY exciting announcement soon! Woo hoo!! And if not, that's fine, too..things are doing very well on the site, so I can't complain.

One thing that really ticked me off today....we sent 7 boxes of books via media mail last week. Today we got a yellow slip in the mail (the mail carrier didn't even bother to ring the doorbell) that said our boxes had arrived, but it said "they're too heavy, can't lift them". Now, they are way below their limit in pounds. They are just medium-sized book boxes!! What kind of a backwards, third-world area am I living in that they can't even deliver the regular mail? They are so damn lazy that we have to go all the way down to the post office to get our mail...and it was only TWO boxes, so now we have to go down there every time they leave a stupid slip. We should have just sent them with the other stuff with the movers. And when we went down there, the horrible women behind the counter were completely unapologetic about it. Like they don't have a GUY there to lift it? What if they were being delivered to a disabled person or if my m-i-l were living alone? She couldn't have picked them up herself. That's just ridiculous. I should have just phoned them and said, uh, I am disabled and can't get them, what do I do? And see what they did....I am thinking of sending a letter to the post office about this branch because they are ALWAY pulling some crap, plus they are very rude.

Well, tomorrow is another day, so let's hope it's exciting, too!

Hey, visit my friend Dave's new company (click on the link at the top).

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Back home again!

Wow! I don't know where the time went...

I think I left off at Wednesday last week...man, I can't remember that far back :) We went out to lunch (Chinese buffet I think), then I went to the mall (Parkway Plaza). I got my hair cut and did a little shopping. Suncoast is one of my favorite stores, and guess what, they were having a 2-for-1 sale on TV sets. I couldn't pass that up! Normally I like to browse there but don't buy DVD's because they are a lot cheaper online. Or I will only buy tv- and movie-merchandise there. I got the second season of Remington Steele, which is on the top of my list anyway, and second season of "Las Vegas". I also found a plastic lady bug for my collection :)

Then when I was picked up, I was told that the movers were coming a day early! They had phoned to see if they could, and we were basically ready for them anyway, so...they came and got all my m-i-l's things. Nice guys, too. They should be delivering all of her stuff this week sometime. I think we met up with our friends George and Beth Wednesday night. It was great to see them and George was on good behavior ;) They hung out and chatted for a while, then we went to El Torito for a quick bite. It was not as good as last time we went, so I was sort of disappointed.

Thursday, we went to Tijuana for a few hours. We went to Ceasar's Hotel (where the Ceasar salad was invented), intending to eat lunch there, but they were closed for renovations, so we went to another nearby place called The Cave. It was a cute touristy place; it had pictures of the Flintstones all over the menu and lots of fake prehistoric decorations. I was afraid it would be too touristy as far as the food, but it was excellent. The salsa was a little wimpy, so I stupidly asked them to make it a "little hotter". They made new salsa with habanero peppers! These are very hot. The salsa was so hot that I couldn't eat more than a bite. We shared a taco plate that was very delicious. Tons of food! The people working there were VERY nice, too. We walked around a lot. We always go to this great bakery there and pick up wonderful bread and pastries (most of which I can't eat now, of course) for a very cheap price. We stopped here and there for drinks. We stopped at one karaoke bar. I figured they would only have karaoke at night, like most places, but when I asked, they said, "sure!" Turns out the karaoke was in a jukebox. This jukebox had about 30 karaoke disks besides their regular stuff. It was all in Spanish, not one English song. I know, it's their country, but Tijuana is all about tourism so I was surprised they didn't have any American artists or their songs. Anyway, they plugged in this very bad microphone and then when you pick your song, the words come up on this little screen on the jukebox, so you have to face the jukebox (away from the audience) to sing. Terrible setup. I think this might be the wave of the future, though, so regular human KJ's better watch out. I know some songs in Spanish, but they had mostly recent stuff that I didn't know, such as Shakira and Christina Aguilera. The only song I knew was Ricky Martin's La Vida Loca, so I did that. They did not have a key changer (or if they did, there was no way to ask because the particular people in this bar did not speak much English), so it was difficult to sing because it's very low except in the chorus. Well, it was somewhat fun and I can now say I've done karaoke in Mexico :)

Thursday night we went out to karaoke at the El Torito in Mission Valley. I forget where we ate dinner first, possibly fast food. We met my good friend Mary, and later our friend Martin joined us. I had invited other people, but none of them showed (but I kind of knew most of them wouldn't). It's always more fun when there are more people. It was nice to see Mary, though, because we hadn't gotten together in a while. She drove all the way down from Hemet, which was so nice! The karaoke was pretty good but I doubt I would go back there again. The KJ likes to play way too much dance music, and he also likes to crank it up very loud. We moved to a back area that was farther away, and it was still pretty loud. I got to sing enough, but I would ahve been able to sing a lot more if he had not played so many dance songs. I hate when they do that. The crowd was good, for the most part. It was a very ethnically-mixed group. I sang "My Guy", "On the Radio', "Bring Me To Life", and "It's Raining Men". They really liked On the Radio a lot; people stopped talking and turned and listened. That is always a nice feeling. The crowd changed a bit by the time I did my last song. The newer people were not as enthusiastic. They did listen but were not very excited. Maybe they were just all drunk, I don't know... :) Most of the singers were not very good, but it was ok. The KJ was very nice and sang well. We had a good time, so I can't complain too much. It was nice to see Martin, as always, but he did not sing this time. We didn't feel it was a good crowd for our usual Aladdin duet.

Friday for lunch we went to this seafood place, Anthony's, in La Mesa; it was even more disappointing-- none of us liked it. Too bad, it used to be a great place. In the evening, we met up with my brother David downtown. We went to a cheap pizza place, Broadway Pizza, but it was very good. We went to the Field briefly for drinks. It was nice to see my brother again. We chatted about the usual stuff, computers, books, movies etc. Then David and I went to the Padres game. It was a great game and they actually won. I sometimes get bored at games, but this one was pretty good. It moved along and there were plenty of home runs and things to watch. We had a late night snack at The Field after the game.

Saturday I had plans with my other brother, Stephen, who lives up in Carlsbad; it took us a while to work out when/where we were going to meet. I went with my spouse and m-i-l to another Chinese restaurant for lunch, then we went to Horton Plaza to meet Stephen. He and I saw the X-Men movie. I liked it, but not sure if I liked it as much as the other two. It was nice catching up with Stephen. Zina was home studying for the LSAT's so we didn't get to see her. I went to Ben and Jerry's afterwards and got a scoop. That is one of my favorite ice cream places/brands ever. Saturday night we got together again with George and Beth, I think (or it may have been Sunday). We went to this great British Pub-type placed called Callahans. Great food!

Sunday David went to another Padre game, and they lost...I didn't do much, just laundry, packing and that sort of thing. Ira came over briefly. They went out and George joined them, but I stayed home and did stuff on my site and laundry, etc. Monday, of course, was when we flew back. It was not a bad day, as flying goes. It seemed to go pretty fast and was uneventful. We had one long flight where we did not have to change planes at all, but it stopped twice along the way.

Now we are home...it is SO NICE to be back home. Even though I'm not a big fan of our state :) It is great to be back in our own beds, using our own showers, having our own stuff...and now my m-i-l is here, too. The dog is back and he's loving it.

We used to leave all of our curtains and blinds closed because, with just the two of us, we would walk around our house half-dressed (especially in the summer), but we can't do that now because of her being here. Which is fine. So now we have the shades and curtains open, so it is so much nicer! It really brightens up the house.

I am waiting for the mail...I probably got a lot while we were gone. I ordered some stuff, too, that I am expecting, such as new curtains, a new rug etc. I ordered these things that are like solar curtains? We'll see what they are like, but supposedly they keep the excessive heat or cold out (reflect it or something), and they let you see out, and see the sun, but neighbors can't see in. So we'll see how it works. I also got this rug-like runner thing....for this little entranceway/hallway we have. I had a runner there, but I had to move it into the other room to cover the cable where the satelittle dish goes across the room. I enjoy ordering from catalogs like Walter Drake and Starcrest, so that's where I ordered this stuff.

I am pretty happy right now. I have been trying to start a band for a while now. I had three people a few years ago, but the lead guitar guy turned out to be a flake and never wanted to practice. The bass player never showed up for rehearsals. Then the lead guitar guy quit. Then I got a job for awhile, and that took up my spare time...then I just put off looking for band members for a while. Then this past winter I put flyers up again. I got a call from a new drummer and bass player recently, but we still need a lead guitar player, at least. We could use a keyboard player and maybe some others, as well. I had been thinking of calling those guys back, but put it off with all the traveling....so then today I got a phone call from another bass player. This guy seems to really know about band stuff. He has been in them before and also, he has equipment. W e chatted a lot on the phone. He has some great ideas for the band and getting more people. I also phoned the other two guys...the other bass player didn't answer and has no answering machine, so I don't know...the drummer is still interested, thankfully!! I sent the two guys a list of songs for us to work on. It feels like it's call coming together! They also might each know some other people to join the band, so please cross your fingers for me that it works out! I am very excited about this now.

I also spent some other time on the phone today, speaking with the ad fellows from BuddyTV.com They have some good ideas that might help out my site a lot. So that is always good to hear!

Apparently the movers are coming tomorrow--8am! UGH. Too early for me.

It's nice to be back!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Going to bed early now!

Well, I just got back from karaoke...was a lot of fun! Yes, I have been drinking :)

We went to Charcoal House in La Mesa, just the two of us. Tues. nights are usually kinda dead there so I wanted to try out a new song I learned, "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence. It went over very well, so I look forward to singing it elsewhere. It was a great crowd there, very fun.

We are in San Diego. We flew in last Friday. We got in pretty late and went to sleep pretty quickly. It was a long day. Saturday we went to lunch at the Greek restaurant we usually like in El Cajon (A buffet). It was not as good as it usually is. David felt like driving, so we drove up the coast a bit and looked around at some places where we had lived/worked. Then we went to Whole Foods so I could get a lot of great Wheat-free stuff! Later, we went down to the Gas Lamp district, just briefly for some drinks. He likes this Irish place called The Field, which serves ok food and has the Irish beer he likes. Then across the street and down a bit is this great tequila bar called "Lime". It also has these wonderful pomegranate martinis that I like. We were recovering from jet lag quite a bit.

Sunday we took my m-i-l somewhere to meet her friends and we drove a bit in San Diego to see some of the places where I used to live. The house on Winona, between 49th and 50th on University, looks exactly the same. The places around it are very different. We looked for this restaurant/bar that my dad used to go to a lot called The Tower. It was a two or three-story building, set off by itself, looked liked a tower. The first floor was a fairly large restaurant and bar. I was also looking for a convenience store I used to go to all the time to buy ice cream and candy called, I thought, "The City" but it's actually "Big City". I happened to see "Big City" but couldn't find The Tower. Then we were turning around and I noticed that the building across from Big City had a sign called "The Tower". So it looks like they lopped off the top few stories of The Tower and half of it is now a tatoo parlor, but there is still a bar there called The Tower. It is very strange. The place is very ethnic now, with tons of Korean and Vietnamese restaurants around. The neighborhood on Winona is all Ethiopian! We also saw my old schools Euclid and Horace Mann.

Anyway, we went to a Chinese place near where we're staying for lunch, it was not that great...just so-so. My sleep schedule was really messed up, so I slept a lot Sun. afternoon. We went back briefly downtown and then I was up until around midnight finishing my site's new pages. I was really exhausted, so I had to call it a night after watching Dr. Who. Then Monday morning I had to do my scoops newsletters for my site. I was up pretty early.

Then we started helping my mother-in-law with packing and moving. She had not done much even though she's known for the past 6 months she was moving (ahem!) and she has no clue how to pack...so I basically repacked all her stuff for her. We got boxes, tapes, bubble wrap, etc. and took care of it. We did most of it on Monday, surprisingly. I was physically exhausted from that. We ate at Todai, one of our favorite places, for lunch. It has all you can eat sushi, seafood, and Chinese food. I slept most of the rest of the day. George and Beth came over around 7, so I got up and we visited with them, and then we went out for a quick bite at El Torito's. It's also nice to see them!!

It's amazing how many electiion ads we have seen and heard this past week...and he's gotten a few phone calls from newspapers, too. I went to bed pretty early the past two nights.

We finished up most of the packing today, took some book boxes to the post office, etc. I woke up at 4:30 today--ugh!! And I couldn't even take a nap this afternoon-just wouldn't work. We had lunch at another Chinese place, a buffet this time. It was ok, nothing special. I spent the afternoon on the computer, learning the song "Bring Me To Life" and listening to it over and over. I think I did it well tonight in karaoke. The crowd seemed to like it. I hope so! We just stayed for a few songs, but it was a lot of fun.

TTYL