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Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in caraytid's LiveJournal:

Monday, June 4th, 2007
8:05 am
This has consumed me for the last few days. No matter where you go... there you are...

The boy is crawling, lunge style. Every once and a while, he crawls regularly, but it hasn't 'imprinted' yet. I did get him to lunge about 15 feet in a circle... by leaving him a trail of sweet potato puffs... ET style. Does that make me a jerk?

I got my rating from the VA. What the Navy discharged me for, the VA doesn't even think I have...**shakes fist at the sky...Why? Why me!?!

Current Mood: frustrated
Friday, June 1st, 2007
5:56 pm
Some sort of...
...weird RSI thing going on with my right arm. Using the mouse on the couch is probably the cause, but I'm doing something in my sleep to exacerbate it as well. (shut up).

The other day, we got the Val-Pak junkmail, and for the second month in a row, Cascade Auto Glass is proving just how smart they are, or at least how smart they think their customers are. On both sides of the advert, it says SEE REVERSE FOR MORE INFORMATION. Nice.

Speaking of which, our mailbox was open this morning... guess someone was looking for something... but I had already checked the mail long before then.

Watched Brick the other day. Interesting movie. I generally like everything that Focus Films puts out.

Current Mood: anxious
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
1:53 pm
This post is brought to you by the letter B
Turdy......and had the hangover to show for it.

Anyone know how to keep rugs from bunching up on carpet?

The starlings in the corner of the house are doing well, evidently. There's bird shit all over that part of the outside wall. J asked me where the baby birds go... I presumed in the nest. Since birds don't pee (what's up with you, cloaca face?), and they don't eliminate much water, I presume that their feces isn't particularly rank... but maybe the nest smells awful. I know the thing about human odor on chicks is bs, and that's probably part of the reason why.

Also, J sent me a Fwd with some bs about a kid's BAC being 85%... it had a snopes link embedded in the email, but obviously, the people forwarding the damn thing never clicked it, b/c the snopes story called the BAC at 0.10. I'm a little surprised that no one picked up on that, but not overtly so. Most ppl just click fwd, which is why I have special filters setup in gmail for that. She told me about it while we were out to dinner, and I took the little serape that was on the Corona/pepper bottle, and threw it in the air.

Once I remember a conversation during the midwatch about what the bullshit flag should look like. We came up with green, like a lime green. If it was brown, it wouldn't show up very well, and it can't be yellow, b/c that's a penalty. International orange would just make people drive weird, and white would come across as some sort of "I demand satisfaction" thing...

Current Mood: lethargic
Monday, May 28th, 2007
3:48 am
Yay! SWGEmu is live as a test center!

Okay, what else...

It was a nice day...

However, I was lacking in energy for the most part of it...

My mother-in-law baked me a cake!

My son is mobile, in the form of an inchworm wiggle, as opposed to the backwards shove! (The latter acted as a kind of floor zamboni, cleaning up dust and debris as he moved)

That's all for now...

Current Mood: calm
Saturday, May 26th, 2007
9:09 pm
1 year. Rough? Yes... PTSD and other d/o's make me hard to get along with. All pain being relative, I suppose I had it no worse than anyone else. Still, I carry on...and I'm glad she does too...

Moving all the stuff isn't going to be as bad as I thought it would be, the worst thing will be the california (I refuse to capitalize it) king bed. No handles on the mattress, and turning corners (2) will be a pain. I need to redo the entertainment center anyway... combine it with one of the computers in the house, so that I can take full advantage of the Tivo, the WinTV box, and 30 gig of deliciously free DRM mp3's.

I haven't told her about this journal yet... because she has a tendency to get a bit jealous. The gender gap here is a bit larger, and even though I browse just as many male profiles as female, I guess the fellas are phearing I'm not straight. *shrug*

My son is transfixed by one of those spinning LED toys... I taped the button down for him, as he isn't that coordinated yet. (if he has as much of my DNA as I think he does, it may never happen.)

More to follow...

Current Mood: lethargic
5:04 am
Government sincerity
So, I was medically (but honorably) discharged from the Navy back in March. Seeing as how I would have stayed in for the benefits, but couldn't, there are programs in place to aid me in my transition from "Yes SIR!" to "Call the fire department and leave... put the hose down". My disability evaluation has been underway for nearly 6 months, and I'm expecting word very soon on what the percentage is. So, it piques my interest when I see a letter in the mail from the Washington Dept of Veterans Affairs.

Now, the first one was nice... even though I knew the thank you note from the governor wasn't really signed, it was borne of a laser printer, churned out by some lackey, or maybe even the same type of computer program that generates my cable bill.

Yet, that was March. I got another in April... and yep, May too...

Same goddamn letter every time. Reminds me of that far side comic. (I feel like the door).

Current Mood: pessimistic
Friday, May 25th, 2007
6:28 pm
So the reason a few of the cable channels we get are glitched, and also why the internet cuts out from time to time, is that the drop from the pole has become inundated with water. Tomorrow, the tech is coming out to wire a replacement drop, so in preparation for this visit, I'll be removing the vegetation from the path of the drop.

I've never done this before, but I did look up a few tips on how to do so. Should be interesting. I've also got a few other things on my plate. On Monday, 4 rooms in the house will be carpeted, which requires the movement of a great deal of crap. Most inconvenient is the entertainment center, which is always a Gordian knot of RCA, S-Video, co-ax, power, and Ethernet connections. And since the tech is coming tomorrow between 12-4, I can't start that take down until ... Sunday? Can't have the entertainment in disarray when the extra family minors come over... then all hell would break loose. Maybe I'll move it all to one of the rooms that isn't being carpeted. Lastly, I need to finish the Visio prints for the house, with the current location of all the unsafe 2 prong outlets, and the planned location of the replacement grounded outlets, with the inclusion of GFCI receptacles for the areas which, you know, have water and stuff.

The latter came as news to the landlord, who also happens to be my father-in-law.

Current Mood: intimidated
1:58 am
Writer's Block
What's the best birthday present you ever received? Is it a bad thing if I can't think of anything? I suppose it's a watch I got from my ex-wife, but I left that at a ex-somethingelse's house, so it must not have meant that much to me. My birthdays are never much of an affair...

Current Mood: cynical
Thursday, May 24th, 2007
10:31 pm
You know...
For quite some time, I've been rather reclusive. Not that I've started therapy yet, but a new combination of meds has been working rather well, so I'd like that to change. Problem is, most of the people I know are active duty, or ex-active duty, and that's not really the crowd I'm looking for. I'm neither a leftist nor the opposite, but weigh each issue on merit alone, and what I believe.

So yeah. I said it.

I have no friends. (meatspace type, that is)

Current Mood: discontent
5:20 pm
Numero Uno
Expect this droll layout to improve drastically, but for now, simple is fine. I did have a blogger page for a few years... most of that time it was hosted on my computer, so I didn't have to pay for hosting, or have any of blogger's crap on the page. However, I've had a few hard drives die, and charter in virgina didn't allow incoming http requests, so I couldn't publish it from home, and also lost a lot of images. Maybe I'll repair it, mebe not. Mebe I'll just flesh out this one, and call it a transition. It is interesting to look back on 2 years worth of entries though... very ... grounding.

Current Mood: anxious
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