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I am about 5 miles from the epicenter of the quake that happened about an hour ago. The house really rocked.

I was upstairs but in some ways it was scarier than being on the 27th floor. Although they are calling it moderate. Reportedly the likihood of this being a pre-quake goes to 1% after 24 hours.

B was at work and is now on his way here. I managed to get ahold of him before the phone system was overwhelmed.

I am still a little shakey. I think I will feel better when B gets home.

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Current Location: la county
i am feeling: shaken
background noise: NPR

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My iphone says "hi" and goodnight.

Roadtrip starts tomorrow - well, today if you want to get technical.

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i am feeling: bouncy bouncy
background noise: catch my disease, on my iphone

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About 6 months ago, my bank, NetBank, was taken over by the Feds. It made a bit of news, as at the time it was the biggest take over since the Great Depression. Shortly thereafter, it was sold to ING.As...

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Or, fun with 'street view' on Google maps. I wonder if they thought people might do something this crazy when they added that feature? The Google Van didn't go down this street. This is the best view I can get....

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Nine years ago today, the SF Coroner's office took possession of my 49-year old mother's body. It isn't clear exactly when she died. Phone records indicated she called her father for Father's Day. It took them a few days to...

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Take a free ferry to IKEA in Red Hook (brooklyn, ny). They give out samples of Swedish meatballs on the ferry too. Just one more reason to love IKEA. source: NPR.

Free days at over 70 museums across the US on the first weekend of the month. All you need is to have ties to B of A. Sign up for an email alert so you don't forget. source: ad on Daily Candy, which didn't work.

Send your name to the moon (link is third column on the top). You can even print a certificate. Act before June 27, 2008. source: ljcfyi.

Know someone having a baby? Restoration Hardware has thrown their hat in the baby gig ring. Now until June 30, 2008, if you set up a baby registry, they will give you a coupon for $100 off a purchase of $300 or more (click on "Registry" tab). source: my email.

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Current Location: los angeles county
i am feeling: hot hot
background noise: npr

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As I am attending BlogHer in July, I am making an effort to post more on my blog. So I haven't disappeared, just putting more effort there. There is a feed -beyondtheloop- if you like.

I am also twittering. There is just something fun about saying that.

Had a bit of a scare yesterday when my body just refused to move. I don't know if I slept wrong, or if it is sleeping on a 25-year old bed (that didn't have much support to begin with) or a combination of multiple things. I literally could not get out of bed.

I did make it out of the house yesterday. I had planned on going into Pasadena with B and managed to do that. It worked out pretty well too as B learned on the way into the office that his coworker was stuck on I-5 due to a chemical spill and wouldn't be in. His office is cute and cozy, but sitting there by yourself all day might be a bit much. They had noisy neighbors next to them, but they have moved on. It can get eerily quite despite being in the heart of a downtown area.

To deal with the pain, I took three Excedrin (in a 24-hour period) yesterday. That is probably the most Excedrin I have ever taken. My 100-pill bottle expires in August, and still has at least 30 pills in it despite that many have spilled into my purse, and I share. Needless to say as much as I joke around about drugs, I really don't take any.

Today I am happy to report that I haven't taken any Excedrin. I am feeling better, although I do still feel my back spasm every now and then. I am hoping to get a good night's sleep. We switched beds last night, and are now sleeping in the room with two twin beds. I feel like Ricky and Lucy.

B said we can replace the bed, but honestly I feel so weird doing it. This isn't my house. A bed is even more personal than a refrigerator. Still, I do need to be able to walk. We will see how it goes.

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Current Location: los angeles county
i am feeling: sore sore
background noise: portions for foxes, rilo kiley

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Last night we made another recipe from The Perfect Scoop. Caramel pear. It was as good as it sounds. It was even worth the loss of my plastic spatula.The recipe starts by placing 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar in...

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These are clearly in no particular order.{one} B's glasses broke on Saturday morning. They are wire frames and they just snapped, releasing the lens. Of course with the holiday weekend, the earliest appointment he could get was today at noon.{two}...

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Is anyone going to BlogHer SF Conference (July 18-20)?I'm seriously considering it. Anyone who has been, is it worth it?x-posted

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A friend send this via email. Thought I would answer and share it here. Feel free to do the same.

1. WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP THIS MORNING?
The first time was around 7am when I learned about the earthquake in China. Then at 8am the jack hammers started and somehow I rolled over and slept until around 10am, fading in and out.

2. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?
Pearls.

3. WHAT IS THE LAST FILM THAT YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA?
Juno (I think).

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW?
Damages.

5. WHAT DO YOU USUALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?
Tea and toast.

6. WHAT IS YOUR MIDDLE NAME?
Kim.

I don't know what happened to questions 7 & 8Collapse )

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Since writing this I learned that Mother's Day was not the creation of the evil geniuses at Hallmark. It was created by Anna Jarvis of West Virginia in 1907. She started the tradition of wearing carnations: pink if your mother...

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Funny how much this says about my focus the last several months. You can get your TwitterCloud by going here.

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We went back to IKEA tonight to get a bookcase. Actually we went to a different IKEA tonight than we did this weekend. This one is actually closer, which worked out well since the box didn't quite fit in the trunk.

IKEA is doing a deal where if you dine during the week, you can get the cost of your dinner back (must be at least $10 but not more than $30) if you spend $150 on the same day. Not sure how long this deal lasts or if it is valid at all IKEA stores, but if you are thinking about a trip to IKEA why not check out the cafe while you are there. Besides the crowds are definitely smaller on week nights.

The guy in front of us at the check out was a bit over the top. The person in front of him was somehow owed $2.18. So the guy in front of us offered to just give him $2 in hopes of speeding things up. Of course that didn't quite work as the woman working has gone over to wherever she had to go to get the $2.18. By the time he explained what he wanted to do, the woman was back with the correct amount. It really just complicated things more than it needed to be. Then as his order was being rung up, he realized his wife had gotten parts that they didn't need. He had the woman working take it off his bill. Not a problem - it was just in how he acted. Maybe you had to be there, but I could tell that the woman working appreciated our being patient.

I am also pleased to report that IKEA no longer gives out plastic bags!! The last time we were there (and bought something) they would sell you a plastic bag for a nickel. Now they just don't have them any more. You can either buy a reusable IKEA bag or they have boxes (like at CostCo) for you to use for free. Wonder how much I could sell my IKEA bag on eBay for?

There were lots of pregnant women at the store tonight. One woman on the elevator looked about 7 months along. She also looked to be of advanced maternal age. I really wanted to ask her how old she was. I am terrible. I know. But honestly it helps to see that such things are possible. I must admit though she looked very tired and had dark circles under her eyes.

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Current Location: los angeles county
i am feeling: accomplished
background noise: i'm sticking with you, the velvet underground

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I signed up for this last night because of some Twitters I saw. It is pretty cool. Although I think Facebook is losing its hold. I am also not sure why you would want to post the same thing to multiple places. I do it, but I think it irritates people. Other downside is that there aren't all the bells and whistles.

Here is the link if you want to sign up. They posted about it today on Team Vox if you want more info.

p.s. Not sure it really works with Blogger - got a weird message from Google while trying to add my blogger blog.
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Thursday B's godson turns one. How is that possible? It seems like only a short time ago that there was much anticipation waiting for him to arrive on tax day. Clearly he is very smart and arrived on the day when taxes were due last year and saved himself from a life full of birthdays where everyone was caught up filling out forms and rushing to the post office.

Of course he didn't realize that it might cause issues for those far away wishing to send him a gift for his birthday. I sent B to the post office to mail off the present we put together. I figured he could use the self-service machine and bypass the insanity. Apparently I was very wrong.

There was a sign on the self-service machine indicating that packages over 13 ounces had to be dropped off at the counter. There was only one person working the counter and B reported that the line was almost to the Albertson's (grocery store) down the block.

What I don't understand is why have these machines if you have to wait in line anyway? The really odd part is this seems like a new thing, as I know I have sent boxes over a pound via that service.

The machine is actually pretty slick. It literally takes you step by step through the process. Before you begin, it even asks you to make sure the package fits in the opening in the bin next to said machine where you are told to put your package after you have properly placed the label with postage on it. It weighs the package, so it knows when it is over the 13 ounce limit. Yet I have never been told to affix the label and then bring it to the counter. The other thing about these self-service machines is that they allow post offices to stay open and receive packages after hours.

In the end he waited in line for 71 minutes. He asked an postal employee if he could use the machine and then hand the package off to her. She informed him that as she was not working behind the counter, that would not be possible. Meanwhile the one person worked the counter while four others worked outside moving bins containing tax forms.

I felt really bad because I realized after B left, that I could have walked to the post office that only takes cash. It is a tiny post office that was set up back when the area was first developed. It is literally at the back of a clothing store.

Let's just hope the package arrives on time.

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Current Location: los angeles county
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