Friday, December 30, 2005
  Oh, what a long week!
1. My stupid car wouldn't start on Wednesday. I thought it was the battery so called Captain Squid to help me jump it. Not the battery. He called someone to look at it, who did so last night. Not the fuses. Maybe the starter. The guy said he'd come pick it up this morning and take it to his garage to fix it. He has my key. He never came. Luckily, my neighbor knows someone nearby who now has the car and is fixing it. He said it'd be about $80. Yay! The other guy was estimating $300, plus the tow.

2. I am still moving, an endeavor not being eased by the above-mentioned car trouble. But my landlord just said that he doesn't have anyone moving in right away, so I'm welcome to take my time. So I can finish it Monday, when I have the day off.

3. I am getting a migraine. I was just saying yesterday how I don't get them anymore since I discovered flavored carbonated water, and therefore staying hydrated. I guess I should have knocked on wood. Ah well, as long as it's better by tomorrow..

4. I am so horribly fat right now. Hardly anything fits. Every time I pass by a mirror, I sing Trina's "Pull Over, That Ass is Too Phat (Whoop! Whoop!)", only I mean fat with an F. Seriously. Ah well, I guess it's good I'm keeping a sense of humor about the whole thing. I am going home in February and there is no way I would show up 10 lbs heavier than I usually am.. (I'm only guessing 10; I won't actually weigh myself lest I be thrust into deep depression).. The gym is now 8 minutes away and I woke up at 7 today so next week I just have to keep waking up at 7 so I can get my ass into the gym before work.

I always thought this was funny. (Courtesy of the Onion.)

5. I have a new affinity for beards and vaguely Canadian accents. :)

6. If I don't post again this year, everyone have a happy new year! I'm going to Arkansanians(?) Bill & Susan's place in Loxahatchee for a party. I'm sure I will have way too many pictures of the affair come next week.. That is, if I can find my camera battery charger. Ahh, moving.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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