bumper sticker spotlight
seen yesterday on a car's truck:

"The Axis of Evil:
Bush, Cheney and Ashcroft."

yeah, buddy!


moving right along...
today is the third night i've spent in my new apartment.
my roommates, jo and becca, are moving to lawarence, ks on friday.

it's not a bad place, really. rent is reasonable for it's size. i just hope the utlities are reasonable, too!
gotta get ahold of my landlord and get the central unit looked at. good thing there is a window unit a/c in my bedroom, otherwise i'd be suffering in the heat! except for today, of course. today it's cloudy and raining.
also, i got to tell him that we found some wasps. we killed them, but i think he should know. i won't mind them so much, except my mom and brother are allergic to their stings and there is a chance that i am, too.

i'm still moving my stuff.
mom gave me her old washer, but when dad hooked it up, the agitator didn't work. 8^(
maybe it can be fixed.
if not, anyone local to me who wants to sell a washer in good working condition for cheap? anybody?
i'll be at dad's tonight doing laundry.

i have a couch. i got it for free. you can't beat that! thanks again, sandy!
it's not a pretty color, though, so jo is making me some slipcovers.
they'll be beautiful when they're done.
but since she's moving, too, i might not get them for awhile.

i showed doug & c my new place on sunday.
they brought me a nice housewarming gift, an oven mitt (always useful,) and a george foreman grill.
however, i already had a george, so i'll be taking it back to the store soon.
it wash rather thoughtful of them, though. and much appreciated.
they even gave me some bread and sandwich meat and some granola bars.
plus, jo and i cleared out eh pantry at the house, so i have things to eat. and if i run out, i can always visit dad and eat over there.

i'm going to be straped for cash this month...
i bounced some checks earlier because stupid me forgot to log one in her checkbook, so that didn't help things.
i had planned on put my christmas club check rignt back into the bank in my regular savings, but if things keep going as they are, i may have to use it to buy gifts for people this year. funny that it might be used for what chirstmas club money it normally thought of being used for...

what do i have to pay this month?
-pay jo for the microwave and dryer
-make a car payment
-make a college loan payment
-hook-up my phone
oy! i'll be broke as soon i cash my check tomorrow. where does it go?
and the paycheck after this one, i'll be paying rent for september. it never ends. i suppose it's best that i learn this now rather that later.

i'm learning that a.) moving is real expensive, especially when you have to buy things like trash cans, towel and dishes for the first time and b.) moving and apartment hunting rate right up there with job hunting and filling out job applications among the things in the world that i hate doing the most. 9.9


a random moment
on a lighter note today, my co-worker, jason, handed me a bottle he got last night.
apparently, they print little random facts in snapple bottle tops.

"real fact #84
Oysters can change from one gender to another and back again."

no comment.
oh, man
i was fighting with the snooze button on my alarm clock this morning when the phone rang.
it was my boyfriend, ken. he hardly ever calls in the morning, since he is at work before i wake up.
"why was he calling?" i wondered.

i found out soon enough.
one of his co-workers was killed last night in a horrible car accident. he sounded really upset and i bet he was not the only one. many of his co-workers must be really broken up about this.
all prayers for the family, boyfriend and friends of the girl killed and for the Information Systems dept. at American Greetings in osceola would be appreicated.

i don't know her exact age, but it was too young to die. it's a shock, really, when you hear of someone who died. while i never met her, ken would relate tales of her pratical joke playing at work, so i feel like i knew her in a way. AG be a quieter place without her. 8^(

it makes you think when someone that young, who is or could be your age, dies like that. it could've been you or me in that crash. who knows.?

i didn't realize until after i got back to work from my lunch that the glass and debris i saw on the road was from her crash. *shivers* it's just not right. i tell myself that it should've been anyone else but her, but a voice says, "and who, then, should it be?" i have no right or place to wish her fate on anyone, not even the worst of people, but still i say, it should not have been her, especially when i think of her family and friends who will miss her.

it different from the deaths of my grandparents, those i expected when they started getting sick and their health declining. you could see it in their eyes, at least in papa's, when they had given up on life. it was like a release for them when the end came and we were grateful that their suffering was over. but it's always a shock when it's someone whose life was still being played out.

God, be merciful and lend her grace.


Arkansas Act 858.
one word. creepy.
of course it's only typical of the ultra conservative gov. huckabee and of the bible belt region that my home state is in.
what's this law do?
from my research, this law will require all books that could be of a questionable nature have the lower 2/3 of this covers, covered. while i hate smut as much as anyone, the law is way too broad and will hurt literary works and comics. can you image? someone will say disney comics are harmful because some characters wear no pants. if spider-man wraps a badie in webs, then that's bondage and reflective of s & m. and what about the the scenes in literature? sex, murder? it's all in there. will books like Of Mice & Men be moved to an "Adults Only" section?
to see such things in innocent stuff? it's those who would censor everything who have the filthy minds!
all AR residents! contact your libraries and express concern! contact your state senators and representatives!
i know i am!
for more info, check out these links:
CBLDF Files Suit Against New Arkansas Law
An open leter to the Arkansas House of Representatives by Little Rock comic shop owner, Michael Tierney
the arkansas library association-arkansas censorship law challenged by broad coalition
ACLU of Arkansas and Broad Coalition Challenge State’s ‘Harmful to Minors’ Law