September 1, 2003 – afternoon

feels like: 9:01 pm

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
The one thing that irks me about the Disney resorts (both in Cali and Florida) is that they need to be more wired. Once you step foot on Diz property, web access is nearly impossible for the mere mortal non-business traveler to obtain. I wanted to blog a few times through vacation, but nope. Oh well.

Vacation was fantastic and wonderful and all that jazz. I had a blessedly wonderful time, save the fact I was sick the entire time. Yup. My suspicions were correct. I was coughing from night one, and neither Robitussen DM nor Dayquil could help. Was feeling better yesterday, but now I have an ear infection that I did NOT have before today. How do I know? Well, dear reader, on the way down from the plane, my ears filled up with fluid. They’re still full to the point that I can hear the fluid swish when I tilt my head around. Nice, hm? As a result, I can’t hear very well. Good thing I have off tomorrow, hm? :)

No doubt, I’ll write more about vacation as the week goes on.

While I was gone, Max turned into quite a proper little pup. He is all healed from his surgery, and the lack of … um… a sack … has done him wonders. No more humping. No more snapping. No more baring his teeth at me. David’s turned him into a little cuddle pup. He climbs on your lap and snuggles. He also plays with you, and by himself. He tosses his toys up in the air and thrashes them all around. He still has a housebreaking issue…but we can fix that. I was more concerned with his temprament issues, which have dissipated. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve had a young dog; a dog that tumbles over himself with excitement when you walk into the room. A dog that teethes on your knuckles.

Max is nothing like Mickey was. I’m very glad for that.

My kitties are still in exile, poor loves. Though Charlie will venture out to the breakfast bar to sit by me when I’m here on the PC. That’s where he is now. Misty’s in the bedroom, and Max is dozing by the sliding glass door.

Played with Dierdre the Pain a bit. She’s level 88 now.

I’m going to catch up on some surfing, log into Asheron’s Call for a chat, and then Nyquil myself and call it an evening.

Glad to be home!

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Greetings from Sunny San Francisco!

Local time: 9:35 am

Greetings from Sunny San Francisco! We’re in the midst of a heat wave here — temps have been in the mid to high 80s, not a stitch of fog in sight, and the jacket I’ve been draggin along with me has only been used once. Got in late on Friday night…only room left was a king sized bed one. They brought up a rollaway bed for John. Tee-hee! The next day we moved into the proper room (2 doubles). The rental car has lain (laid?) idle, since the public transportation here in SanFran is fantastic. Busses, streetcars, and the subway stops right in front of our hotel. Sweet!

We hit PacBell park on Saturday to watch the Giants beat the Marlins (yay!) Barry Bonds didn’t play because his dad passed away. :( But the park was fantastic! That night we went to Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner. That place is a tourist trap and is like a boardwalk without the sand. Yesterday John met one of his online friends whilst Mom and I took a ferry to Sausilito. Ate at “Scoma” and did some girly-shopping. Last night we took a cable car to Lombard Street (crookedest street, yada yada yada)…CLIMBED the mofo, walked to Ghirardelli Square (mmmmm…chocolate!), ate more seafood (am going to turn into a fish) and bussed back here.

Today is Alcatraz! Our ferry to there leaves at 11:45 am. I’m just killing time before we leave. Tomorrow we drive to Anaheim and Disneyland…I’m very jacked up about that.

This town is as hilly as you’ve heard. My quads are hurting from climbing up and down the steep hills. Must get back to gym/diet when I get back to the Right Coast.

Anyhoo, cats and kittens, I hope all is well with you. Maybe I can blog again later in the week.

Wish you were here!

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oh, that poor dog

Max — oh, that poor dog. He was so happy to be taken home yesterday. But boy, does he look worn. It looks like it hurts him to walk, sit, and lay down. He’s not perky at all. He’s so flaccid (smirk) that yesterday he and the cats both occupied the living room for hours without him spooking them. It was nice to have my furbabies in one spot. Now Max has a runny, drippy nose. Could he have a cold? From where?

I’m a star! — well, actually, Dierdre the Pain is. This is the official website for Asheron’s Call:Dark Majesty, which is the game I prattle about on a daily basis. Check out the character in the upper right corner! Yeah, baby!!

Woefully unprepared — I barely packed last night. Barely. Ugh. There is so much I need to do today. These include:

  • Purchasing Disneyland Guidebook
  • Getting driving directions from airport to hotel
  • Confirming late arrival at hotel
  • Taking cash out of bank
  • Purchasing batteries for camera
  • Locating and packing carry-on backpack

    Mood: Anxious. I should have taken today off, too. But I am wearing my “Get that girl a pimp” scandalous brown shirt today, so that makes me feel a bit more in control.
    Work docket:Hot Properties, which I cannot get to convert at all. Work on updating some of our advertising campaigns.
    Lunch plans:Will try to skip lunch and go home early
    Afternoon: See above
    Evening: Plane leaves at 5:50 pm. Hope it’s not delayed.

    California trip: Will include San Francisco Giants baseball game, Fisherman’s Wharf, Sausalito, Golden Gate park, Alcatraz, and hopefully a spin thru wine country. Huge drive southward to Anaheim, where we’ll experience Disneyland and Hollywood.

    And now…the Friday Five!

    1. When was the last time you laughed?
    This morning on phone with Mom, talking about the things we haven’t done yet in prep for trip.

    2. Who was the last person you had an argument with?
    Don’t remember. I don’t argue much.

    3. Who was the last person you emailed?
    Cousin Matt last night.

    4. When was the last time you bathed?
    Still squeaky clean (and hair still damp) from my shower this morning

    5. What was the last thing you ate?
    Turkey sandwich from Wawa yesterday afternoon. I’m starving.

    Ugh. Pretty tepid questions this week, hm?

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    Gays — Why is it that gay men are the darlings of the media (Queer Eye for the Naked Guy, Boy meets Boy, Will and Grace, and the countless other gay men on reality shows etc) yet lesbians are still either reviled or portrayed as some guy’s wet dream?

    Cable — Comcast checked out our internal wiring — it’s all OK. Next step is for them to come back and run a new wire from the cable box to the apartment. They have to call back w/our appointment for that.

    Max — We had a behaviorally tough day yesterday. He’s testing limits, I’m trying to enforce them, and I miss my exiled cats. We’re going to move the gate closer to the living room to give the cats more wander room, and to limit Max to living room only. Today the little dear gets neutered though. And not one day too soon. He’ll be dropped off at 9 am and I’ll grab him at 5 pm.

    Misty — I neglected to mention that Misty’s vet appt went a-ok. Vet commented that she was “well-fed.” (blush) BUT, she didn’t use the “FAT” word, so I hereby officially apologize to Misty for all of the times I called HER fat in this blog.

    Mood: Sleepy. Overwhelmed at amount of stuff I need to do before I go away. Disappointed I’ve been putting weight back on and not caring about it. Concerned I may be catching the cold that’s making it’s way around at work. If I get sick on vacation, fine. I just don’t want to get everyone else sick.

    Work docket: Did communities. Will do scrapbook, finally post the Commuity Guide database!! Start some Ad software maintenance work.

    Lunch plans: See yesterday. Add to that a stop at the drugstore to pick up some echinacia.

    Afternoon/Evening: Here’s where the fun starts. I need to update before I go away. Need to do laundry and pack aforementioned laundry. I need to pick Max up at 5. Mom wants me to go over her Real Estate stuff with her for an hour tonight at Starbuck’s. It involves Chai, so I’m not complaining. Guild meeting at 9 pm, which I’ll prolly be late for. That’s not too hard, because it doesn’t require anything but my presence, so I can pack while that’s going on. Spend quality time with husband to assuage my guilt over vacationing without him.

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