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Aug. 2nd, 2006

First of all, a very happy birthday to Kelly! I hope that you and Neil do something wonderful and glorious and Portlandy today.

Also a very happy birthday to Sabiha! I hope that you have access to air conditioning today.

Cuz seriously folks, it's not even 10 am and already it's hot in here. This does not bode well for the rest of the day. I was going to bring a little fan in with me, but I forgot. And once again, in case you've forgotten, yes we do have AC, but we don't get to control it, so it's not on ENOUGH, and I'm right next to the door to the outside world that is opened and closed twenty million times a day. I was sweating by the time I left last night.

It's not the high of 104 that gets me, really; it's the low of 79. LOW OF SEVENTY-NINE. That is crazy talk. I blame the president.

So, hey, good news! I passed the freaking P.E. exam! I will soon be awarded a Professional Engineer's license! I have letters after my name! I will be getting a seal! Maybe this is the year I'll finally get around to sending out Christmas cards, so that I can seal my signature on every one of them. Man, and I'll tell you what, I was totally one-hundred percent certain I'd passed the damn thing until everyone else in the state got their scores on Friday and Saturday -- and passed. And I hadn't gotten mine yet. And then when the envelope came on Monday, it was thin, and I know it's not going to have orientation materials in it or anything, but still! The thick=acceptance, thin=rejection paradigm lives on in my head. But I passed. Phew. I wish they still told you your score; I want to know how much I kicked Wayne's ass.

Last night, I got home from work at a little after six. I grabbed a handful of almonds and a tall glass of grapefruit juice, and headed into my bedroom to read my book. After a couple of pages, I decided to take a nap. I didn't set an alarm, aaaaand the first time I woke up, it was 3am. Ha! So I just stayed in bed, boviously. But man, even though I got twelve hours of sleep, I still had a heck of a time getting up this morning, and I still snoozed that alarm like crazy.

We end up changing our health care plan practically every year, it seems like. This is one of the few disadvantages to working at a tiny company: they can't afford a decent healh care plan. Well, it turns out that we had a vision plan on the healh care jawn that just ended July 31st. I didn't know that. I thought we didn't have vision coverage of any kind. I would have made an appointment if I had known; I haven't had an appointment in years, but I'm a cheapskate. We don't have vision coverage under our new plan. Awesome. Here's another one: the old co-pay for specialists was $40, and the new one is $20, and of course I saw my GYN a week before the new plan kicked in. Awesome. Not as awesome as the vision thing, though. This is balls.

I haven't ridded my Stella in a week, because the headlight lens fell out and I need to glue it back in (as a temporary fix; I have an order in for a new lens, as this one is cracked.) Also I can't stand to ride in this heat in my riding jacket, and I can't decide to risk riding without it. It's just that people are so stupid! And such bad drivers! And I really hate pain!


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Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
thanks kerry!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the P.E. that's no small achievement.

last week, when I left the house to go to the gym, I looked down at the little outside temp gauge on my dashboard and it told me it was 96 °. At 5:30 am. That is just not right. I keep trying to tell myself that it's only like this for 3 months or so, but I keep telling myself to shut up and mind my own business.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)

& i totally feel you on the work related A/C and health insurance issues. we got totally fucked by this year's plan which averages out to us paying something like 33% more for 25 or 30% less coverage. boo!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
Sorry lady!
(no subject) - littlewashu - Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Washu! That's great news.

Also, I support you in your pain hatred. Whenever I ride on the back of Ben's bike, I always wear one of his leather jackets, even when it's deathly hot outside. It's not that I don't trust his riding skills; it's that I don't trust everyone ELSE. What kind of jacket do you have, by the way?
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
I have a Joe Rocket Luna in red. It's textile, but it's got armor at the elbows, shoulders, and spine. I like it a lot, and it's fine when I'm moving, but when I'm sitting at a traffic light (and living where I do, I sit at an awful lot of traffic lights), it gets hot pretty fast. Next year I'll get a Joe Rocket Cleo: it's nylon mesh, but armored. I just can't afford it this year, but that'll be way cooler.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
Nice jaerb!!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
congratulations on passing! thats awesome!!!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
...on your massive, studly, PE-itude!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!!!
Thanks! I must admit to not feeling all that studly, but I do feel . . . employed!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Passing your PE is huge! Great job!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
good job on the PE! i'm a little jealous...
Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
School is for squares! But rock on anyway!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Um, okay! Thanks.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
THANKS Kerry!!!

And I would like to express my joy on your achievement of passing the PE Exam, in other words, CONGRATULATIONS buddy!
Aug. 3rd, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
THANKS Kelly!!!
Aug. 3rd, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
You can get around the vision thing by going to see a specialist, meaning an opthamologist instead of an optometrist. I've been doing it for years. If you need a referral for specialists, the family doc will usually do that via phone (so no extra copay) if you say you're considering corrective surgery.
Aug. 3rd, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Whoa, I never even thought of that! Thanks for the tip, Gina! And thank you on your congratulations, and CONGRATULATIONS yourself for handing in your resignation! WOOHOO! Quitting is awesome.
Aug. 3rd, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Oh & nice job on the exam!
Aug. 4th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
I am just reading this. And wanted to note: in Ohio, approx. 0% of motorcycle riders wear helmets, from what we saw from driving to every city in Ohio for a few days. Lame.
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