Thursday, August 31, 2006
  halloween is a mere two months away..
girls, you'd better start looking for your slutty costume!

i'm sure i've talked about this, how girls' costumes really amuse me. they're all like men's costumes, only with the word "slutty" in front. a slutty fireman! a slutty doctor! a slutty butterfly! (yes, i've seen one.) a slutty goth! (ditto.) slutty snow white!

i came across a costume site today and had to browse through the ladies' costumes.

some shameless standouts, from

slutty harry potter!

this is supposed to be a "foreign exchange student" but i think it was just an excuse to wear knee highs:

seriously, this is a costume?

we all know that the ladybug is the sluttiest of all insects.

slutty construction worker:

this is the worst.

it's, uh, a girls gone wild girl, i guess. seriously.. just.. shameless.

i guess i understand; it's the one night of the year that it's okay to slut out like this. but, like, if women really want to wear belly shirts and knee-high boots this bad, why don't they just do it?

i'm guessing most of you men agree. :D

not that i'm immune to all this.. after all, last year, i did briefly change out of my "pregnant britney spears" costume to wear this slutty pregnant nun(?!) getup:

Me as a pregnant nun :)
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
  TS Ernesto

So ol' Ernie turned out to be a whole lotta nothin'.. We did get wind (as evidenced by the waves here in Alli's picture). We did get rain. But a hurricane, or a strong tropical storm, never came. We never even lost power.

You know, yesterday I came home and was so happy to see the kittens. "I forgot how good kittens smell!" It was kinda funny.

Today I came home and, well, also seem to have forgotten how bad used kitty litter smells. (Ellie & Kitten use the bushes outside.) Yay, two months of this smell! In my bedroom!

Of course, I really can't complain. She's not just using a BLANKET or the CORNER like Jimmy the Stray did after I got him fixed. Or my COUCH like Mamacat 1 did.

OK, I guess that's the Cat Lady update. I'm back up to six cats now! I'm nearly a respectable cat lady again! :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006
  It's raining kittens.

stray mamacat & babies, originally uploaded by estacey.

The stray mamacat had her babies, too. Four of them, it looks like.

I felt so horrible. I so should've had her fixed. I really dropped the ball on this.

I ordered a trap that arrived last week, so at least I will be able to help them soon, if I can just figure out how.

In the meantime, they're under a big shed, in a corner that was blocked off by heavy stacks of wood on one side. I blocked off the front too so that Ernesto wouldn't get them wet.



Awwwwww!, originally uploaded by estacey.

  Kasia took this last night.

Kitten, originally uploaded by estacey.

  I WAS going to bed early.

Babycat!, originally uploaded by estacey.

But then the kittens got here and it took a lot of time to give them the oohs and ahhs they deserve.

Wow, the mamacat really is a good cat. She's purry and paw-thingy and snuggly.. Doesn't mind if you hold the babies. Will snuggle up on your chest if you put her there. Puts my cats to damn shame. I hope we can find her a good home.

As long as I'm awake (goddammit):

- Ran 4 miles this weekend. Pretty sure my normal neighborhood-tour jogs are around that long, but can't be sure until I drive the route. But this weekend, for sure, I did run 4 miles. At 11 a.m. In the sun. And I didn't croak. In fact, had it not been for that god-awful bright sun, I could've kept going. That won't impress the runners amongst you, but considering the first time I tried to run, I couldn't even go a mile, I'm happy with it.

- Ernesto is weakening and weakening. This is a very good thing because hurricanes really suck.

- Tonight was absolutely gorgeous. Breezy and gorgeous. After I fed the strays, I plopped down on the hood of my car right there behind the Enterprise and stared at the sky for about an hour, looking at the three stars you can see in our light-polluted sky. That was nice.

Off to get the weeknight standard issue six hours of sleep.

Monday, August 28, 2006
  Turns out I have kittens.

Mamacat, originally uploaded by estacey.

Not just a cat.


  Oh god, I am such a sucker.

Fwd: Please Help!!, originally uploaded by estacey.

So I have a kitty being delivered tonight from Kendall.

This lovely girl I know from sailing, Kasia, has been feeding a kitty by where her boyfriend is working on his boat. Although this cat, Oreo, seems to be just a kitten herself, it's become obvious in the past few weeks that Oreo is, in fact, full of kittens.

So Kasia, living with a roommate who is allergic to cats, and having a boyfriend who is allergic to cats too, is trying desperately to find a home for this sweet little thing.

Then Hurricane (or Tropical Storm, or whatever) Ernesto popped up.

I tried writing a few people today that have spare bedrooms.. No takers. And I can't very well tell Kasia to take her to the shelter (I'm guessing pre-hurricane is a busy time there, which isn't so good for the animals they have, considering most shelters these days do put animals down when it's necessary). So, eh, I'll take her. For a few days. It really bums me out that this ain't my house, though; I really like the idea of repeating the Mamacat experience. Those couple of months were really full of good, wow-this-is-hard-work-but-really-worth-it feelings.

After I talked to Kasia, I called Balu and had to break the news to him much in the way you'd have to talk to your dad about having gotten detention. Where you follow up the bad news immediately with, "But it wasn't really my fault!" In this case, it was, "But she'll keep trying to find it a home! It'll just be a couple of days! I'll keep her in my room!"

The last one is going to be.. well, I dunno what I'm getting myself into here. :) My room is becoming quite the little storage unit. It's just tiny. And we're not going to think about the fact that little Oreo may not be accustomed to litterboxes yet. Yeah, not going to think about that at all.

Nor am I going to think about the fact that a cat (mine or the neighbor's, not sure) killed a rat and put it in my closet for me to discover it once it smelled so bad that Balu had to call me and warn me before I came home. The rat was given a proper burial last night in the backyard, but my room still stinks. Off to wash the closet floor with Dr. Bronner's.

Nor am I going to think about the fact that I already had a pregnant stray to worry about - my little grey cat on 441. But she won't let me touch her, so bringing her home for a couple of days really isn't an option, I guess.

Pics tomorrow, I'm sure..!


drowning accident, originally uploaded by Ed Fladung.

Friday night, we went to this little hotel bar named Our Place. Ordered some rum runners.

All of a sudden, Chris and his friend, Dean, are arguing. "You go! My certification isn't even current anymore.." "No, you go!" I couldn't figure out what was going on, trying to make sense of what they were saying.

Then I realized there was a small cluster of people by the hotel pool. Trying to revive a man, wet and laying on the side of the pool.

It was 11 p.m. on a Friday night and no one was sober enough to know what the hell happened. One lady went to get ice 10 minutes before and saw the guy swimming. When she came back, he was laying at the bottom of the pool. Another lady said, "We saw him go to the bottom, but we thought he was messing around." She didn't seem at all.. remorseful. Not that it was her fault, but it was just strange.

Chris, who was perfectly sober like me, did chest compressions. But to no use; the guy was gone. I was standing at the back and couldn't hear, but apparently Chris was trying to get someone to do mouth-to-mouth but everyone was too drunk or, I dunno.. scared? I'm disappointed that I didn't take the CPR class I was thinking of doing a good six months ago. Who thinks that stuff will actually come in handy? I guess we have classes periodically through work, though, so I guess I'll take it when it's available here.

When the ambulance arrived, we went back to the bar. The horrible lounge singer apparently didn't know what was going on outside and kept on crooning an awful rendition of "American Pie."

We skipped the rum runners and went home.

"A zoo has fired an animal handler after a rare tiger had to be fatally shot when it escaped from its unlatched holding cell...
"Enshala, a 200-pound Sumatran tiger, escaped from her night enclosure at Lowry Park Zoo on Tuesday and was trying to scale a 7-foot wall when she was killed with a shotgun by zoo president Lex Salisbury...
"Enshala was born at the zoo and spent most of her life there."
I realize that even tigers born in captivity are still animals to be treated with a great deal of respect.  Only one generation out of the wild, you cannot and should not confuse them with our little domesticated cats.
At the same time, Jesus.. she was born in and lived in captivity for 14 years.  She wasn't a "threat" because she was trying to scale a wall.  There was no reason to kill her.
This kind of thing really pisses me off.  Or like when that one pet tiger was shot a few months ago.  It had killed its owner.. its owner who thought it was a good idea to keep a goddamn tiger as a pet.. I understand when they put down dogs when they've killed a person, but a tiger is not analagous to a dog.  A tiger that kills a person is not a bad seed; it's simply a tiger.
And back to Enshala.. from what I've read, she didn't try to hurt anyone.  So why jump straight for the gun?  Again, grr.

Do you Yahoo!?
Everyone is raving about the all-new Yahoo! Mail.
  Big feller behind Chris's house

Iguana on the dock, originally uploaded by estacey.

He was a fearless one, too.

Chris is in the process of coating his outdoor plants with a horrendous, toxic-sludge-looking mix of garlic and jalapenos to ward off the iguanas. They've eaten the hibiscuses down to stumps!

Ain't South Florida funny? Freaking IGUANAS in people's back yards. I think it's neat, but it's really too bad they're thriving as well as they are. People think of them as pests. Such pretty creatures to be considered pests! And vegetarians, too! :)

  Beautiful weekend.

For the third week in a row, it was a beautiful, beautiful weekend and now, Monday morning, it's grey and rainy. I like the way the weather is timing itself. :)

Speaking of weather, now there's a hurricane watch! Wailey wandered out into the open the other day, so he's back his enclosure, but that stray cat I feed is definitely pregnant, so.. agh.. always something to worry about. I'm so kicking myself for not having fixed her before. I have a trap now, though; it got here last week. If I could just find a pregnant-mamacat motel for her...

Friday, August 25, 2006
  bret michaels can read my mind.
so the other night, poison sang that song "american band"

throughout the whole song, i kept thinking, "is that a cowbell i hear?" and, of course, cowbells are hysterically funny ever since that SNL skit. (if you haven't watched it, go ahead and hit play and do so now. you won't regret it.)

anyway, when they got done singing, bret michaels said, "you know, if there's one thing you can never have too much of, it's cowbell." that cracked me right up.
  oh gosh

NO! DON'T do that!, originally uploaded by Malingering.

the stuff malingering sees puts my pleather-pants pics to shame.

Thursday, August 24, 2006
  hey - it's a xolo!

IMG_3556, originally uploaded by locaburg.

when i was younger and my allergies were much worse (before my discovery of OTC claritin), i used to dream of getting a xolo.

i met one at our beloved hotel roma in cuernavaca outside of mexico city way back when. it felt like leather.

they have no fur. they're mexican. they eat vegetables. i was like, could there be a more perfect dog for me?

of course, they also cost around $800 or something crazy so i never got one. but a couple of them showed up on one of my flickr contact's photostreams, so i'm sharing. they're surprisingly un-unattractive, especially when you consider how god-awful hairless cats are.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
  If i had a tail, it'd be wagging.

baciamano, originally uploaded by slimspider

Sorry I've been so quiet. Busy at work. I've been feeling run-down the past couple of days, so have pretty much slept the past couple of nights away. Feeling better now, though; phew. I was worried I was getting sick (although, come to think of it, it would be the first time this year, so I'm doing pretty good - knock on wood).
Wailey got out again - on a day when I made them a nice, yummy, huge salad! (Mustard greens, squash, zucchini, peaches, kiwi...) He'll turn up in this field of weeds we have going on in the backyard, I just hate it when he's gone. The low-enclosure-walls situation will be remedied soon. And I would like to expand the enclosure to give Wailey a nice, covered burrow-type area to hide in.
Despite brushes with illness, Wailey being M.I.A., and my present fluctuating hormone levels, I feel very content right now. You know, if this works out, I may just have to turn Hoelscher on y'all and start trying to set everyone up; after all, this is a really nice feeling. Wish me luck. :)
By the way, tomorrow is my beloved Dawny's 29th birthday. She is really just one of the best people I know. My best friend, even though I'm pretty sure that chick with all the cute kids beats yours truly out for that title. I honestly have to just stop and shake my head every once in a while at what an incredible, caring, trustworthy, sweet, loving, and very strong person she is. I hope I'm just like her when I get to be her age.. although I only have, like, five months, so I don't think it's going to happen.

Dawny & me, back when we were young'ns.
I sure am glad our moms decided to get us together when we were, what, 14? Love you, girl. :)
  How to charm me

(Hey, if dooce ain’t gonna use it, I may as well.)

Tell me repeatedly that I look nice with my hair up because, ya know, I have a pretty face and shouldn’t hide it.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006
  Another lovely Florida story.

Greetings, Earthling, originally uploaded by EAWB.

Last night, I was in bed, sitting against the wall and playing on the computer.

I thought I felt something in my hair. I reached up, but didn't feel anything. I thought, "Oh, it must be an ant." I'd seen some on my nightstand a couple of weeks ago.. Ants are so tiny and fragile, I figured it was already brushed off of my head by now....

Then I felt it again. I shook my head and sat forward, looking back at my pillow. "Oh, it's a lizard!" I immediately thought. Without a tail. But that's not so unusual, considering most of the household geckos are tail-less, thanks to the cats.

Then it sunk in: Hey, that's a cockroach.

A cockroach. Was on my head.

I was pretty traumatized, and although I'll often kill the roaches when I find them nowadays, I couldn't deal with this one. I screamed for Balu, who came and dispatched it with a magazine while I looked away.


Monday, August 21, 2006

Picture 071, originally uploaded by Shawn-n-wynne.

Now my (step) niece & her boyfriend (they share an account!) are on Flickr, apparently.. How funny. Gots to love the Internet.

  Been a while since I put a list up, eh?
Ways in Which
Spider-Man Does Not
"Do Whatever a Spider Can."
- - - -
Cute. (
  First try with video!

Sebastian, yes, someday you will scratch through that glass.

I was holding up a treat. :) They do that all the time anyway... just not usually looking quite so hyper.

  No comment needed.

OH MAH GOD., originally uploaded by estacey.

  How cute is this dog?

Dirty little Gretchy, originally uploaded by estacey.

Friday, August 18, 2006
  I'm a new non-fan of Montgomery Gentry  


DULUTH, Minnesota (AP) -- Troy Lee Gentry, of the country singing duo Montgomery Gentry, has been accused of killing a tame black bear that federal officials say he tagged as killed in the wild.”




Thursday, August 17, 2006
  Kitten's cute.

Kitten trying to ignore me, originally uploaded by estacey.

That's all. :)

  I love this guy's pics of his girl.

Marcia and the coast, originally uploaded by Ed Fladung.

Isn't this just adorable? :)

  Every pic this lady has of the buffalos...

Brrrr… ♪ ♪, originally uploaded by bocavermelhal.b..

have oxpeckers all over the buffalos' faces. Funny.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006
  Sorry this pic sux so much...

But I had to take it - while driving - on the Interstate - through my car windshield. Maybe someday I'll get a passenger to get a better snap of it.

Anyway, it's really funny. It would seem that the birds love it right above LeBatard's head. No matter what time of the day I pass the sign - morning, noon, midnight (seriously!) - there is always a perfect little line of birds above his head. Just above his head. Nowhere else.

The guy on the left must find this hilarious.

Monday, August 14, 2006
  Gettin' even for all that trawling business, I suppose

sea turtle, originally uploaded by la femme jen.

"SEBASTIAN - Authorities searched Saturday for the body of a University of Central Florida graduate student who never emerged from a dive into the Atlantic Ocean after a 300-pound sea turtle."

They say the sea turtle dragged him down. I didn't know they did that! Then again, I guess my little Turty would get surly sometimes (he bit me once!)... imagining Turty at 300 lbs is pretty scary.


Chris's dogs, originally uploaded by estacey.

Ahhh.. so yesterday, I went on a jog with Chris. He does 8 miles and, yeah, I can't, so I turned back after 25 minutes. I got to his house, let the dogs out of the garage (because I love them, even though they jump on my legs) and took them out to the pool with me. He has three puggles, but one was away for the weekend, so it was the two in this picture.

They hung out by the pool with me for a bit, playing on the deck and licking my wet hands. It struck me that cats are more like furniture (lovey, great, adorable furniture, mind you!), whereas dogs are your little buddies. It's nice.

They were running back and forth, then that light-colored one, Gretchen, disappeared around a corner. Then went buddy, the one on the right. (They're both older than in this picture but still puppies.)

I thought, "Hmm, that gate on the side of the house wouldn't be open, would it?" and got out to check. I got to the side of the house just in time to see Gretchen and Buddy's little tails disappear.

Barefoot and wearing a swimsuit, I ran into the front yard after them. Gretchen was doing the hyperactive run in circles while Buddy trotted along after her. She started running east, towards A1A. I ran after her, yelling in the best happy voice I could fake at the time to try to get her to come back.

Finally, I picked Buddy up (good dog!) just in case I ever did catch Gretch, then I'd have both of them. Gretchen kept running towards t he street.. I saw tons of cars going by on the road and started SCREAMING, freaking out and imagining the worst. Chris LOVES those dogs, and they're so sweet.. what if Gretch got hit by a car???

Luckily, the traffic calmed down as Gretchen reached the road. There was just one car, which went by in the other lane without incident. There were more cars coming, but I ran into the road and scooped her up, then sat down on the median with the two dogs, hugging and scolding them for running away like that.

So I had a block or so to walk holding the two dogs.. By the end, Gretchen was basically standing on the fronts of my legs as I walked since she kept sliding down.

I was really just so relieved and grateful that they were OK.. the face-licking they did on the way back to the house was just overkill. Cute little buggers.

They went back to the garage when I got them back to the house, and I went back to the pool to catch my breath. Dogs!

Sunday, August 13, 2006
  Gorgeous day at the beach

I snapped this yesterday.. look at that water! It was amazing.

Of course, flat water means no breeze, so it was a bitch of a day to work out.. Luckily, I was video-taping (video-smartcarding?) the workout, but even that was exhausting. I stripped down to my sportsbra and shorts and jumped in the water.. and could've stayed there all day.

After the swim and breakfast and a million things to do, this cutie Chris and I went for a dive behind one of the condo buildings. It was his first time diving in Florida, so I was honored to be taking him. :) It was really nice.. strange day since we swam for over 7 minutes from the first reef and never got to the second (typically, it's 5 minutes, max). I finally felt bad about dragging him over sand for that long (and to be honest, was really weirded out), so just turned around and went back to the first reef. And wondered why I left it in the first place.

I saw staghorn coral.. which I had never seen before.. it was everywhere on our way back.

Funny how things exist in pockets like that; I didn't see one bit of it on our way out. Saw lots of hamlets; I don't usually see many of those. It's like that one dive Alli, Laura & I did a couple of months back when there were crabs everywhere. We always see crabs, but on this dive, I saw three times as many. Or like the one day when I saw goatfish everywhere, which I don't see that often on shore dives.

Blah blah, blah. Anyway, yeah, nice weekend so far.. and since Chris is renting his gear, we're going for another dive today (to get another use out of it) after I spend some quality time with the kids (cats).

Friday, August 11, 2006
  Playing around

With Color Accent feature, originally uploaded by estacey.

Cool, eh?

  Ha! From
Daily Grist

Words Fail Us

Hummer propaganda aimed at kids through McDonald's Happy Meals

Sometimes a story comes along that so perfectly captures a culture's pathologies that it should be put in a time capsule, so future generations ... oh, right, there won't be any future generations. It seems that, according to fast-food behemoth McDonald's, this is a "Hummer of a Summer." A new series of TV and radio ads depict happy families on their way to fatten their children and clog their arteries at McDonald's in GM's gas-guzzling Hummer. When they arrive, soon-to-be-obese boys can choose from eight different toy Hummers with their Happy Meal (happily, girls can learn their proper gender roles from Polly Pocket fashion dolls). Charlie Miller of Environmental Defense thinks it's kind of a bummer of a summer: "Anything that sends a message to kids that these are the cool vehicles to buy is the wrong message." At today's prices, it costs about $96 to fill up the gas tank of a Hummer H2 -- but don't worry, a double cheeseburger's only a buck.

straight to the source: The New York Times, Melanie Warner, 10 Aug 2006

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  Flickr Set: "Tiny Animals on Fingers"

Mommy Specklet and mantis nymph, originally uploaded by Specklet.

Very cute.

Thursday, August 10, 2006
  Kinda cool feature on the new camera..

You can pick a color (here, blue) in a scene and have the camera only pick up that color. Not sure in what scenario I'd really want to use that (portrait of a person with striking eyes?), but the results sure are cool lookin', eh?

  A pic I snapped of Ellie tonight.

Ellie cat! So cute! :), originally uploaded by estacey.

He was being cute. :)

His paws looked adorable, too. I dunno if it's the pic or this screen, but you can't see them so well here.

Look at his little teeth that still stick out! Alli used to tell me, "Don't worry, he'll grow into them." I thought that was so cute. Cuter still that he hasn't. :)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006
  Wow. (And not in a good way.)
This song, Me & U, that they play way too much on the radio.. well, it's pretty awful. It was at least catchy-awful the first dozen or so times I heard it, but the 756 times I've heard it since then, I've had to just change the station. And considering I'm grateful every second that my stupid car radio is actually working, this really is saying something.

Cassie, the girl who sings it, doesn't seem to have much of a voice. Then I saw her picture and figured I understood why she was becoming popular.

This video confirms my suspicion.

This is so bad that it's actually funny. I mean.. you can hardly hear her.. and, while she's not full-on lip-syncing, I think you can hear the recorded track in the background. Really, really bad. I can't even imagine what it would've been like without three (also bad) backup singers. Bad, bad, bad. Should-never-be-allowed-to-perform-live-again bad.

Now here's the recorded version, in the form of the first video that she made for the song - before she was signed to a major label, apparently. It's like, um.. very.. um.. shameless. She's a gorgeous girl, but damn! So I guess the song is about giving head. You'll be open-mouthed (pardon my pun) watching it at how far it goes.

Both links are courtesy of:
It's worth a trip to that site just to see that picture of Trina at the top. Whoa, mama!
  Best camera review site!

I’ve used this site to shop for digital cameras from my very first bricklike 3.1-megapixel camera four years ago. It’s great – overview, shows controls, conclusion, and THE BEST part: sample pictures. He takes pictures of the same things (candy in his office, etc.) with all the cameras so you can compare.

Once you go to the site, go to “Our Reviews” in the upper-left. It makes shopping for a camera so much easier.. Trying to do it in the store is enough to make your head spin.

Monday, August 07, 2006
  A reason to like summer.

Everything, including the pile of decomposing refuse, is green and flowery and pretty.

It almost makes up for this ridiculous heat.. it was something like 100 with the humidity today. And I made the mistake of leaving work for lunch.. in my jeans and sweater (that's dressed perfect for my office!). In my ghetto-ass car with no air conditioning.

I became really painfully aware of why they named them sweaters!

  Look what I scared up a tree tonight..!

Possum, originally uploaded by estacey.

A cute little possum must have been going for something in the compost when I surprised him with my kiwi peelings. He crawled up a palm tree and I got my camera to get a look at him. :)

  this is just a beautiful picture, isn't it?

, originally uploaded by dooce.

i'm sending leta a build-a-bear this week!


  Post-purchase froogling (bad idea!)

My Little Budding Photographer, originally uploaded by arkworld.

So it turns out that I can get the 7.1 MP powershot online for the same price I paid for the 5 MP powershot at Target....

Thankfully, Target has a liberal return policy - I kept most of the packaging and can use the stuff I did throw away from the new camera's box.

I don't often make prints, so the coupla extra megapixels may not make much of a difference, but even onscreen, there is a difference in the picture quality. Plus, I may as well upgrade as long as I'm going to the trouble of a new camera. Plus, you know, SAME PRICE. How could I not?

Not much happenin' here. Still recovering from the weekend. (Well, it's probably not its fault I'm tired.) Still wondering why the hell my jeans don't seem to be getting bigger despite the mostly good behavior and regular workouts. It's really, really frustrating. I'd like to feel like myself again, and right now I feel like a walrus.

Speaking of which, I guess I should go for a run...

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Alli singin' Freebird - woo!, originally uploaded by estacey.

Last night was fun! Didn't get to bed until FIVE! Look at me, acting like I'm in my 20s again.. :D Alli's singing Freebird in the above picture.. I sang David Allan Coe. Together, we did an awful rendition of "Hit Me Baby One More Time." Good stuff.

After that bar, we met up with Alex & his friends at Las Olas. He had a friend visiting from India.. who used to live here, but figured he may as well move back considering all the jobs are going there anyway. He cracked me up. He came out with Alli, Chris, & I to another place, then out for uh.. breakfast? at The Floridian. He was sitting there, all proper and patient with his tea and asked, "Are we going to go home soon?" Poor guy didn't know what he was in for when he chose to stay out with us rather than go home with Alex...

Pics are at Flickr. My god am I ever relieved to have a camera again.
Saturday, August 05, 2006

see my flickr for a couple more pics of this guy - wow.
he rode by on his bike today while we were working out and the whole class stopped - "what was THAT?" some of us had gotten a view of him from the front so assured the rest, yes, he was actually wearing something on his lower half.. even though you can't tell from the back.

i guess around christmastime, he came out to the beach wearing elf shoes and christmas bells dangling from his thong. phew.

the best part was when i saw him put on his crocs!!!!

anyway, i actually went out to dinner last night, stayed out past midnight, had a few drinks, and STILL made it to boot camp this morning. :D

after boot camp, we had breakfast at the cafe across the street. i heard a "stacey!" from behind me and there were ed and his parents, ed & sally. at the table right behind ours! it's been a long time since i had seen them.. and i really liked them.. so it was a nice surprise. i was touched to have sally ask how the new job was going - how did she know? :) they're so sweet. i was happy to get to give them a hug and a kiss before going on my way and let them get back to admiring the ocean and the nearly naked guy...

last night was nice; i got a tour of my old neighborhood. now why is it that i lived at the condo for years but never checked out the little bar down the street? it's full of mulleted mexican guys and old queens! i definitely missed out.

oh, and hey, i got a new camera. i just got my taxes back (little-known fact: the april 15th deadline only applies if YOU owe the gov't money, rather than the other way around).. i did responsible stuff with most of it, but indulged myself a little with the camera purchase.. i just hate not having a camera. the old camera will cost $150 to fix anyway, so i got a new one and now, when i get the other fixed (soon!), it can be my back-up.. and i can actually take it on dives without freaking out that i may ruin my only beloved camera.

old camera
haha.. look at the battery door! and the memory door is being held closed with tape. i don't know how i managed to break either; all i know is that it happened at the toby keith concert. i'm going to try to wear the wrist strap with the new one to prevent any drinking-and-photographing accidents.

the new camera is basically my old camera, but a little smaller, lighter, less ghetto.. i'm just starting to break it in now. i wish i would've taken some more pics last night though. dammit.

Thursday, August 03, 2006
  I miss The Daily Show.

  This gave me the chills. :(
"Chinese county massacres 50,000 dogs
"SHANGHAI, China - A county in southwestern China has killed as many as 50,000 dogs in a government campaign ordered after three people died from rabies, official media reported Tuesday.
"The five-day massacre in Yunnan province's Mouding county spared only military guard dogs and police canine units, the Shanghai Daily reported, citing local media.
"Dogs being walked were taken from their owners and beaten on the spot, the newspaper said. Other killing teams entered villages at night, creating noise to get dogs barking, then honing in and beating them to death."
Don't look at the picture!  :(
Seriously.. I think we have better ways of dealing with rabies than killing all the dogs in the county
Fucking monstrous people.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Glass "lizard", originally uploaded by estacey.

i found one of these on my run last night. he was on the sidewalk and seemed to be freaking out.. slithering but going nowhere.. when i stopped to investigate, he actually started to slide BACKWARDS, towards the busy road. unacceptable. i started to worry that he was blind or something, but his eyes seemed fine...

so i picked him up and started jogging over to where i feed the cats, since they have a big yard there.

the lizard kept slithering around in my hands wildly, twisting himself around my hand and fingers..

and then, SNAP! his lower half popped off, fell onto the sidewalk, and continued to flail around on the sidewalk.

now, i think it's real cool that they can do this and all. what a neat trick! tossing off half you body to throw off the predators! but i've never had it happen IN MY HAND before. startling, and kinda icky.

he was fine once i set him in the grass, though. weird little creature.

  the internet is so funny

It's official, originally uploaded by Ed Fladung.

i look at this guy's flickr pics.. he's a gringo living in a town near puerto vallarta, surfin' and havin' a nice life with his cute little mexican girlfriend, marcia. he has a blog, so i put it on my bloglines.

recently, every time i see an update to his blog, i think, "i wonder if he asked marcia to marry him yet." so far, the updates have popped up and instead told of good surfing conditions or of trips to guadalajara. but today, i was right.

how cute is this? i'm very happy for two folks that don't even know i exist. funny how the internet works, eh?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006
  Nothing to write.
I officially have a really boring life.

I realize I've hardly written since last week, but.. yah.. Not much to say. All three of you must be very sad to hear this.

Saturday I basically got stranded at the beach all day since my car battery died. Of course, of all places to be stranded, the beach is pretty much as good as you can hope for. Balu had been warning me that one day my car wouldn't start, and that day did arrive.. I thought since the battery was dead-dead, though (not just because I forgot my lights on or something), that it wouldn't just jump-start. Whoops. After a late-night run Friday, a beach workout Saturday, then spending my day riding (slowly, mind you) around Fort Lauderdale on a rented bike, I more or less went into a coma on Saturday night.

Sunday was the farm tour. I was happy there were some kids along; they definitely make things more fun. While I was holding the little three-year-old at a fruit stand, a nice lady came up and said, "Oh, what pretty eyes!" I looked at her to nod in agreement and she said, "Oh, just like yours!" You know, like she was my daughter. I thought that was cute.

Balu suggested that he just fill the water levels on my car battery and see if the battery was still good. I was leaning towards just springing the $55 for a new battery, but of course, that was just wasteful American me talking, so he nudged me in the direction of waiting. Today, my battery was dead. Luckily, he has one of those nifty little jump-starting things... I took it with me to work and had to jump my car three times today! Whee! (A new battery is going in tonight.)

Alright, I think the sun has gone down sufficiently for me to go hop outside for the first few of my weekly 200 cardio minutes, Week Two.
  Fort Lauderdale has its own Craigslist now!
FYI for those who use it. :)
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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