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So I got a promotion...

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 01:07:00 +0000

Kinda like totally out of the blue. Basically I've got the title to go with all of the work I have been doing. A let down? Yeah, a bit. To answer your next burning question, yes they gave me more money. When it is all said and done, I dont have to max out my credit cards as fast to pay bills now. Got to love the economy ;)

Drop me a line, I've been a bad blogger but I'd love to hear from all of my peeps out there.



Humbling Facts

Wed, 02 May 2007 19:06:00 +0000

By the numbers

28 Number of committees the ERA ratification bill has been referred to in both branches of the Legislature since 2003.

1 Number of committees in the Florida Legislature that have actually heard the bill since 2003.

2, 520 Number of bills filed in the Florida Legislature this year.

25 Number of substantive bills that haven't gotten any committee assignment this session.

1972 Year Congress approved the ERA, subject to ratification by the states.

35 Number of states that have ratified the ERA.

3 Number of states still needed for the Constitution to be amended to include the ERA.

77 cents What the U.S. Census says is the median figure representing what women made to every dollar men made in full-time employment in 2002.




Happy Birthday to ... me!

Sat, 27 Jan 2007 15:05:00 +0000

After working 25 days straight, something like 90+ hours a week, a bill conference, special session, a man collapsing from a heart attack in front of my desk, and the boss who helped me get my job telling people he's leaving, I think the least I deserve is a day off with a fruity rum drink for my birthday ;)



Too much work, not enough hours

Thu, 11 Jan 2007 05:39:00 +0000

That pretty much sums up life in the big city for me. At this rate, I'll be working on maxing out my comp time before the 'big show' even gets cranked up. Not only that but I have a pretty accurate gut feeling that my last day off was January 1 ... such a humbling state of affairs here in the sunshine capital.



Happy 2007!

Tue, 02 Jan 2007 22:09:00 +0000

May all of you have a wonderful and prosperous New Year!

Good health, good times, good friends, good tidings... all the very best.



Work is kicking my butt

Tue, 19 Dec 2006 13:04:00 +0000

Here, there and everywhere...As has been the course since I started working for this great state. But it seems now that I am in the thick of it. Now, more than ever I've got to wake up and put my game face on before I get to the office. So much for warm holiday thoughts :(



How appropriate ;)

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 14:51:00 +0000

You Are Midnight
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You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.
Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.
Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.
You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.



If you have the time...

Wed, 04 Oct 2006 19:24:00 +0000

Please sign this petition to bring the issue of PCOS to the medical mainstream. New research is coming to light that as many as 10% of women have PCOS and only 5% are diagnosed. As our nation becomes more inundated with maladies brought on by lifestyle, it is important to become educated on health issues that present complications that are misdiagnosed.

I've been diagnosed with PCOS and this is a very important issue to me. Thankfully, there are people in my life who have become educated and shared this information with me. Compound that with the dedication I have to know about this syndrome and my pursuit of quality healthcare, I implore you to sign this petition and make a difference. Chances are I am not the only person you know with this syndrome. Help make a difference in their lives if not for me.

The information you are asked to provide for this petition is minimal. You will only receive one follow up email to confirm your signature.

Thank you for your time.



Celtic Horoscope

Tue, 03 Oct 2006 20:00:00 +0000

You Are A Cypress Tree
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You are strong, adaptable, and striving to be content.
You're good at taking what life has to give - even if you don't like it.
A passionate lover who can't be satisfied, you are quick tempered at times.
You hate loneliness, want love and affection, and need to be needed.
A bit of a live wire, you love to gain knowledge any cost... and you can be careless at times.



Something about a rising sign...

Tue, 03 Oct 2006 19:59:00 +0000

Your Rising Sign is Virgo
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Well put-together and elegant, you sometimes seem standoffish.
And truth be told, sometimes you do feel superior to those around you.

A bit shy and introverted, you tend to stay quiet - even if you're feeling social.
At parties, you can seem like you're very serious while you're having fun.

You clever and ingenious, with an alert and active mind.
Good at facts and figures, you excel at logical and mathematical tasks.



Save Top Gear!!

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:42:00 +0000

I've come to the realization that due to my lack of constant updating, not a lot of people read this anymore. In spite of that, I've got to include this link to Save Top Gear. Those finicky Brits want to cancel the show due to an accident sustained by one of their hosts. But as a consumate car lover and host of the show, Jeremy Clarkson defends the program and challenges the BBC to keep it on the air.

Take a minute, sign the petition and champion free speech. Even if it is for those chaps across the pond.



What's enough water?

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 15:22:00 +0000

Take a sec to check out this great post about the benefits of drinking water. Part of my summer rejuvenation project has included drinking half of my body weight in ounces of water. Sure it sounds scary but once you get into the swing of things, you'll be amazed how much better you feel. Yes, I still drink other beverages but knowing how much water you're supposed to drink and achieving that goal is half the battle.

Listening to: May this be love by Jimi Hendrix



Sensible Eating and other ramblings

Thu, 14 Sep 2006 20:36:00 +0000

Here's a call to all of the healthy/vegetarian eaters out there who happen to read this from time to time. I am still on the healthy kick (yay me!) and am trying to delve into the world of Boca Burgers and other meatless but meat-themed products. I've tried the Publix Greenwise and it is pretty good and there is a pack of boca's in my freezer. What would you guys suggest I try next?

I guess I want to try tofu but am totally lost in where to start. Email me or leave comments if you'd like to give me a primer.

And this is a great emag that I've recently come across: Sirens



Ooh my pretty gadget!

Thu, 14 Sep 2006 20:21:00 +0000

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So I've gotta say I'm loving my new shiny electronic toy. No, no not that kind of toy but a Sansa e260 that I was able to get for dirt cheap thanks to a savvy bargain hunter (Z7) and a good friend of this blog (JW). Finally, after my laziness and apathy, I got it hooked up so I can rock out at work. Perfect timing too since it's getting busy and my office is scheduled for computer reinvestment on Monday. (slaps forehead, great timing Raven)

Anyway...so you ask why Sansa and not iPod? Well, it came down to two factors a) fundage and b) storage space. Quite frankly the Sansa was more bang for the buck. I (heart) apple and all but I cant afford their bling. I know my brother has an iPod and loves it but he also conned my dad into tagging it on his order with a reasonable repayment schedule. Not so lucky 400 odd miles away.

My inspiration for this post comes after an especially mentally tiring day. The only way I survived was through the power of meditiation and music. Call it mesmorized by the shininess or something like that.

Track playing now: Thelonius Monk, Bye-Ya



Lifestyles of the humble and healthy

Tue, 08 Aug 2006 12:59:00 +0000

After trying the Vanilla Chai Tea on a particularly busy errand day, I became hooked on the stuff. Bolthouse Farms has a pretty good chunk of products at the local Publix store. My favorite treats from them come from their beverage line. Be sure to check them out at your local mega market or Whole Foods (if you're lucky enough to have one) or even Fresh Market.

I've got to say, the whole summer of eating healthy revolution has really turned me on to some great stuff. Only reason I wrote about Bolthouse Farms today is that I brought in one of the C-Boost because I am feeling kinda puny and need to give my immune system a helping hand. Some of the other great things I've tried and switched to include whole wheat pasta (never thought I'd see the day!), all kinds of uses for black beans, oodles of products from Kashi, yummy couscous from Near East, and an overall better sense of well being. To be honest, I never gave this lifestyle change much credit but today I can not ever see myself going back.



They call me...

Mon, 07 Aug 2006 11:57:00 +0000

The Mistress of Cooking with a house that smells so fine you lose track of time, er, um, yeah, something like that.

So after feeling pretty puny for most of Saturday I decided to make up for it by cooking for the rest of the weekend. Lots of good eats to be sure but my dishpan hands are another story. Healthy eats are to be had at my little abode. Hopefully, this cooking trend will last and I can finally have some pennies in my piggy bank.



Uncooperative Blogger

Thu, 08 Jun 2006 17:38:00 +0000

I really wanted to update today but blogger is crashing on me. Just goes to show how long I've been away.

Honestly, I wouldnt be surprised if people gave up on reading my stuff anyway. The last couple months have been hella hectic.

Quick updates:
  • Session is finally over
  • I kick some serious ass at my job
  • my summer plan is to get into a healthier lifestyle
  • still living in Tallahassee :( and still broke



S-O-S

Tue, 23 May 2006 17:05:00 +0000

Yeah I am stumping again for my entertainment. I'll keep it short and sweet...Sign it:Save Love Monkey


Thanks!



The World is Round

Mon, 08 May 2006 16:06:00 +0000

And therefore it is impossible that I would have fallen off. Although I have been *swamped* with work. Completely and utterly deluged by public administration.

I figured if there really was anyone out there that still checked this page that it would be nice to know it wasnt a dead link.

I am alive. Thanks for asking. Tip your waitress.



A great show you're probably not watching...

Fri, 10 Mar 2006 17:38:00 +0000

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Hustle now being shown on AMC and it is definitely worth setting up TiVo or DVR or even program your VCR to watch it. The premise is a group of grifters band together in order to run one last con before Mickey Stone retires. Using a group of five pros, this con is a snap. Well almost. Mickey doesn't retire, he just gets hungry for more. And now because of the generosity of AMC and the BBC we get to watch episodes of Hustle.

I was instantly hooked when I saw the first episode and it's a show not often missed when the DVR gets the weekly overhaul. It's got a pretty good slot on Saturday from what the press says but I always tape mine which means there are several opportunities to catch this smart and very entertaining show.



Raise your hand if you're offended...

Wed, 01 Mar 2006 17:28:00 +0000

(and your mouth is gaping open from the latest round of advertising)

I am a huge advocate of personal responsibility and educated consumers. What I am not a fan of is hokey advertising that treats 75% of the general population like monkeys in an exhibit at the zoo.

Right now my wtf face is turned to the marketers for e.p.t..

Scene
: woman running in the park. Bends over to tie shoe.
Voice over: I cant seem to focus, maybe I'm pregnant.

Yeah, stop right there. WTF? W. T. F.? Maybe I'm pregnant? What kind of loss of focus solution is that? Hell, I am without focus on a daily basis but I am damn sure that it isnt because I am prego. This is the kind of advertising that takes us (the viewing audience) as a bunch of buffoons. How in the world does having a lack of focus equal pregnancy? And it encourages stupidity about being smart and practicing safe sex or at least being aware enough of some kind of contraceptive measure if you dont want to be with child after getting it on.

Hooray for getting the word out on drug store pregnancy tests. Boo for being morons about it and cramming the lamest line in the world as a lead-in for your commercial. Seriously. People have bad days and lose their focus. Not everyone is pregnant.

After all this bitching I still dont have a suave way of approaching the "I'm late for my period and holy shit, I might be pregnant" angle. All I know, there has to be a better option than this.



Going for the low blow

Tue, 28 Feb 2006 20:41:00 +0000

More often than not, good ideas are shelved for those "ideas" that seem to convey the point better by using the easy button. Case in point: deciding which story to make the cover for a nationally published magazine. Do you use the revival of Mardi Gras in devastated, but rebuilding New Orleans or hit another cheap shot at the wahoos in office? While I am all for poking fun at the wahoos, I totally disagree with the New Yorker decision. Sure, there were a lot of problems in New Orleans leading up to and after Katrina but let's really focus on what is important. What is important is that people with money will continue their fun and games while those trying to rebuild their lives after Mother Nature decided she wanted to mix things up a bit still want to carry on tradition. It's a mad mad world and we're all here for the entertainment.



Teaching the Test

Thu, 23 Feb 2006 16:07:00 +0000

I am a student of standardized testing. PSAT, ACT, SAT, GRE, FCAT, AP, ASVAB and so on and so forth. I've taken a bunch of them. For some, I was taught the test and for some I was actually encouraged to learn information that happened to be on the test. But more often than not these days, students are taught the test.

After being so silent on my blog for so long, I am sure there questions on how this topic came about. In my daily reads of work, I came across an article in the Washington Post about teaching the test. The article is well written and brings up salient points. I think the best line of the article was saved until the end: "the need to prepare for a challenging exam outside of the teacher's control has often produced a remarkable new form of teamwork. Teacher and students work together to beat an exam that requires thought and analysis, not just memorization. If that is teaching to the test, let's have more of it". That is the most honest statement in this whole debate. But I have to add a wrinkle, why must we depend so heavily on standardized testing?

Standardized testing produces statistics and as we all know statistics can be skewed depending on the person taking the measurement. Though these mighty standardized tests are developed to be unbiased and nonsubjective, inevitably there are those pesky questions that scream: I am targeting you, unknowing test taker, and there is more than one correct answer. Muah hah hah hah hah. Ok, perhaps I exaggerate but how are measurements like the SAT and GRE really going to measure my aptitude for collegiate work?

For this blogger, I say it doesnt. I am a student and I love to learn. I dont like filling in bubbles on pesky tests. Dont make me cram in years and years of math classes only for me to slip up and forget basic formulas. Besides in what social science career am I going to need to know derivatives? A disgruntled worker will not come to me and complain because they cannot figure out the calculus derivative.

It's time for education to step up and teach viable and tangible skills that reach beyond taking a test under time constraints and filling in appropriate answer bubbles. Assess what students actually know rather than the information you deem necessary for their success. Increase graduation rates for both High school and college rather than making kids pass a test which is barely viable as an aptitude measurement in the first place.



Scary!

Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:08:00 +0000

I know that unwanted body hair is a problem for many, but this new gizmo just looks way too dangerous to even the hair hater in me. Not that I have a back hair issue but as a realist, I know there are ladies out there with the wacky hormones that give them fits. Thanks PCOS!



Pinch me

Fri, 27 Jan 2006 16:46:00 +0000

You know, for one to grow on. It's birthday time here. Yep, it is today. Not much going on really. Stuck at work but it is a quiet day so far. Since I dont usually make a big deal out of "me" type things, I am sure you're asking why I posted about it today. A lot of people who visit this blog of doom got upset last year when I didnt say it was my birthday. So for all of you out there who missed it last year, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY.

Thanks for stopping by ;)