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Sunday, November 7th, 2004
7:07 pm
Beth Kiedrowicz
Many, many thanks for all your heartfelt wishes of condolances - and memories shared. Never forget.

Beth's family
Friday, October 22nd, 2004
12:11 pm
Elizabeth R.Kiedrowicz
Elizabeth R. Kiedrowicz
2/1/74 to 10/22/04
Died of massive heart damage due to invasive staph infection. Had 11 hour heart surgery, but could not sustain.

Family: Kiedrowicz, 5160 S. Nicholson Ave, Cudahy WI 53110 414-481-4397
Saturday, October 2nd, 2004
9:10 pm
Gah, being sick sucks. You think you're finally feeling better and then bam! utterly cruddy again. Blech. No more of this, I decree.

On a happier note, JC Penney's catalog outlet store is the best place ever to get curtains. My front sheers are getting a little beaten up looking (one too many cat slap-fights through them (Lyta is confused by solids yet transparent objects sometimes)). Mom and I looked at fabric to make some and holy cripes that was expensive, most of it twenty dollars a yard, and with a big picture window, that gets real pricey real fast. I got a curtain catalog in the mail, but that was even more pricey. Instead, Penney's and 3 sheers for thirty, plus two sets of pinch-pleat lined curtains (which are damned near impossible to find anywhere lately, not the style I guess) for my big bedroom window for 24. And they're nice looking and everything, probably last year's catalog left-overs, but I'm not all that stylish and well, they're curtains. So I'm happy about that, quite the productive shopping day.

I also had excellent grilled tuna with tomatillo and avocado salsa at my favorite Mexican place, so I suppose it was overall a good day. I just get tired of feeling worn and wrong. So, in hopes of fixing that, gonna try a radical solution, early bedtime on a weekend. Pictures of the purse I crocheted for mom coming soon.

Current Mood: sick
Friday, September 24th, 2004
1:22 pm
Brrrrrr!!! Came into work today and the AC had gone insane, it was 60 or even a bit cooler. Not a good thing when you're doing a test that has temperature issues. Spent far too much time this morning warming things up in vats of warm water. Not a good way to get reliable, consistent results. Took til about noon for it even to start warming up, so I have a pretty much permanent chill in my bones. Can't wait to get out to my sun-heated car. Hopefully things will be all fixed by this weekend, not a good situation for an occasional analyst to be dealing with. Off to check my water and see if it's warm enough to use.

Current Mood: cold
Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
8:03 pm
Blinding, blinding migraine today. Haven't had one this bad in quite a while. Even had the period of brain not quite functioning right that's a warning sign, though I didn't realize it. It's sorta good that I didn't realize, because it means it's not happening anywhere near as often. OTOH, when I did recognize it early, I could catch and medicate and stave off the blinding pain part, which didn't happen today. Only good thing is that the pain didn't arrive til ten minutes before going home time. Thank god for short drives home. Now I just feel blasted and exhausted, the post-migraine reaction. Don't want to do anything more complex than computer games, so that's it for tonight.

Current Mood: drained
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
9:47 pm
Which Eddie Izzard "Dressed to Kill" line are you? by Saphyne
Eddie Izzard quote:"Squirrels always eat nuts with two hands, always two hands, arararar, and occasionally, they stop and go, oh, uh, ah, as if they’re going, 'Did I leave the gas on? No! I’m – no – I’m a fucking squirrel!'"
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Sunday, September 19th, 2004
3:37 pm
Dear universe,

I know only two headache causes today (sinus and neck/shoulder pain) is an improvement over yesterday's 3 causes mega-headache (above two plus dehydration in spades), but someday one or even none would be kind of nice.

Also, please stop discontinuing foods I like. First it was the cinnamon granola bars, this week it's the Rice Chex cereal bars. I wish I knew what was next on the list, so I could hoard whatever it was.

Not that things are all bad. Got to go on an actual business trip this week, all the way to Appleton (mid to northern part of the state). Talks turned out to be bizarrely focused on cheese labs, but were at least all interesting and useful general knowledge. Plus, field trips always good. It was odd, usually I go to professional meetings and I'm one of the very few women and very few under 40. Apparently all the women go into food science, rather than wastewater, because the majority of folks at the conference were female and overall a much younger demographic.

My local grocery has been doing a major remodel. It's been a pain, but now that they are done with the frozen section, holy cow do they have more nice stuff. Actual frozen yogurt aside from the rare pint of Ben and Jerry's (which is good, don't get me wrong, but variety would be nice). It's organic, which is of course more expensive, but yay variety. Now if I can just figure out where they've moved everything else, life'll be great.

Cats are happy, especially with nice weather that means the windows are open all the time. Garden is producing like mad, starting to get sick of broccoli and squash. Have to try sharing with the folks at work. Off to celebrate mom's birthday tonight, should be relaxing. Back to work tomorrow, but horrid intern is gone and as long as it stays dry, it should be pretty reasonable.

Current Mood: relaxed
Friday, September 3rd, 2004
7:47 am
Happy birthday to lexcorp_hope!

Current Mood: bored
Saturday, August 14th, 2004
8:24 pm
OK, I officialy love Justice League Unlimited. Tonight's ep was deeply fun and cute, especially SpoilersCollapse )

On the subject of cute, a random cat quiz, seen on truepenny
Kitty!Collapse )

Current Mood: relaxed
Wednesday, August 4th, 2004
7:23 pm
Forgot to mention, in all the other excitement, I dyed my hair. Usually what I put in ends up just as highlights, mostly due to my very dark hair. This time, it ended up a lot redder than I expected. Here's a shot of it. Now that I'm used to it, I like it, but I spent two days going "yikes that's red!"
Monday, July 26th, 2004
9:42 pm
Mom update
Mom went to the doctor today. She's got bad arthritis in both knees to start with. She got in for an MRI tomorrow to see if stuff is torn and then back to the doc on Wednesday. So at least everything is getting fast action.

The MRI is scheduled so that I don't have to take off work to take Alex to the dentist. Poor dad, however, is totally stuck as a taxi driver. Good thing he has summers off or this would be such a mess.

I am just mostly keeper of company and supplier of entertainment. I gave Alex some DVDs and books for his recovery and am going to stop by after work tomorrow to see how he's doing.

Current Mood: blah
Sunday, July 25th, 2004
9:41 pm
Seen on funkyreunion

I am flower named ekiedro !
I consist of my friends!
Are you flower too?
9:25 pm
Crazy Weekend
It's always a bad sign when you're almost happy when the weekend is over. I knew it was going to be busy, but as usual, other things happened. On Friday, mom and I were getting ready for a big rummage sale on our block on Saturday. Plus, Saturday Alex, dad and two of Alex's buddies were going to widen my sidewalk going from the house to the garage so my little cart to carry groceries won't veer off into the snow. So, Friday, after a super-busy day at work, mom and I spent hours scouring the basements of two houses and pricing. Just as we finished, she stepped out to say hi to one of my neighbors and her knee gave out.

Now, she's been having knee trouble for awhile, in fact, had an appointment scheduled for Monday with the orthepedic surgeon. But her knee didn't want to wait. It was lucky a neighbor was there to grab a chair to keep her from going down. Once she realized it wasn't getting better and she couldn't put any weight on it, she managed to get in my car and I took her to the emergency room.

At this point it was almost ten at night and I was supposed to work at 6. Knowing emergency rooms, I figured it'd be awhile (not that I was alone there, Alex and dad joined me, but no way I was gonna sleep til I knew what was up). So, called the on-call supervisor and he managed to get somebody to cover me (I am going to thank her profusely tomorrow and owe her a Saturday to be named later). In the end, all they did was give mom a big full leg-length knee brace, crutches, and percocet, since she had the standing appointment and all.

She's doing okay, better than Friday, mostly cuz she's stayed off of it. She is however, bored off her skull. I brought over a pile of light DVDs and my Gameboy with Tetris for her today.

Meanwhile, I had to go run the rummage on minimal sleep on Saturday. We didn't get rid of as much as we'd like, but we did sell all big stuff, so we actually made some money on it. And I do have a nice wide sidewalk, though that ended up being a bigger job than anyone anticipated.

I dithered a bit, but ended up going to a retirement party for some co-workers late Saturday afternoon. That was fun and I am glad I went. Was interesting to meet some spouses and kids. And it was a nice chance to relax.

Today I worked and went and kept mom company while the sidewalk finished, but that was plenty. At least tomorrow I'll be back to my routine, but til we know what's up with mom's knee, it's gonna be kinda nuts. And oh yeah, Alex gets his wisdom teeth out Tuesday!

Current Mood: stressed
Monday, July 5th, 2004
8:23 pm
Pictures of the new kitten and Shadow, cat in residence at the parents' can be found here. And now that I've finally figured out where to put pics, craft pictures coming soon.

Crichton and Shadow

Current Mood: pleased
7:49 pm
New picture of Delenn. Kitten pic didn't make a good icon. Working on putting it up, though.
9:45 am
Work Whining and Kitten and Brother Silliness
Ended up being here 8 hours yesterday. Could be even longer today. And if there were things to do, it wouldn't be so bad. But there's a good chance we will have four hours with absolutely nothing to do but eat lunch and wait for samples to arrive. Blech! At least I have Thursday and Friday off.

Turns out my brother is a big giant mush-pot. The sound of a crying kitten makes him very unhappy. Said kitten (tentatively named Crichton, though nothing is sure yet) is being kept in one room so as not to freak resident cat Shadow any more than he already is (we're hoping for cat integration by the end of the week). Kitten is used to other cats and people, so when he's alone, he cries piteously. Watching my brother listen for the ten minutes it took the little guy to cry himself to sleep was funny. He was cringing, hiding, and just generally miserable about the little guy's sadness. (Not that I didn't feel bad for the little guy, but not to that degree.) My brother is also freaking because he's afraid Shadow will be miserable and they'll have to get rid of the kitten and he's attached and and and...I thought I was a champion worrier, he has me all beat. I think I did help a little, I said if it didn't work out, I'd take the little guy, rather than taking him back to the Humane Society. At least there's one less what if for him to ponder.

Did manage to capture two pics of the kitten yesterday (kittens are wiggly and hard to photograph!), pics once I get home, assuming I haven't had total brain melt-down by then.

God, is it time to go home yet?

Current Mood: morose
Sunday, July 4th, 2004
8:16 am
Much excitement yesterday. Parents got a new kitten. Little boy, 8 weeks, white with patches of brown and black striping. Very energetic, snuggly, and cute. Shadow (cat-in-residence) has alternated between hissing and being scared of it.

Drat, just got the call that the tunnel is full and they must sample groundwaters. Stuck here til noon at least and longer tomorrow. Ah well, double time, I guess.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004
8:53 am
Snagged from viridian5. And I even already know one of the kanji, we did river last week. I am slightly boggled by the translation of my last name as I have no idea what the Polish means, so no idea if it's accurate.

My japanese name is 黒川 Kurokawa (black river) 久美子 Kumiko (eternal beautiful child).
Take your real japanese name generator! today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

In other news, my snazzy new desk is slightly less snazzy as my brother either forgot to plug the modem into the computer or the cord came lose. And I either need to move the desk to get at it or have a third hand, neither of which are doable. The good thing is that I know what to do, so I can just get dad for brute labor which is good, because Alex is off at Origins til Sunday. I think I'll blame my miserable headache on 'net withdrawal, sounds more fun than allergies.

Hey annaoj, didja watch the AFI songs thingie last night? I wanted to tell you to watch cuz Hugh Jackman kept being on with little interview-let thingies, but the above connection problems prevented me.

I have to get a better door-block than a shoe. Yesterday afternoon I came home to Delenn locked in my bedroom because the door blew shut. At least she wasn't trapped long enough to need a litter box. But still, poor little kitty.

Current Mood: Headachy
Monday, June 21st, 2004
10:30 am
Still here. Got a shiny new computer desk, so things were down a few days as furniture and electronics got moved around. Then I worked this weekend, plus the weather was superb. So I actually played outside and enjoyed the weather for once. Good thing I did, since it's raining again today. Working this weekend went well except for the minor snafu of the lab computer system being down again on Sunday. And IT being utterly unreachable. You'd think that if we're here 7 days a week, 365 a year, that there'd at least be the potential for support all the time. But no. Grrr. Ah well.

Aside from the new furniture, very little new or exciting in my life. Still taking Japanese. Kanji is evil and adjectives should not have a past tense. Our summer student is still annoying and horrid, but that's another post for a day when I need to vent. Read a bunch of books that someday I'll at least list and maybe even talk about.

Current Mood: lethargic
Monday, June 7th, 2004
9:24 pm
From reading wiscon I have learned three things.

1. I was clearly at a different con than a bunch of people (then again, the religion panel in dispute made me roll my eyes at the mere description, and as for politics panels, I like my flamewars complete with killfiles).

2. Next year when I am on panels (and I will be again, not going to space out like this year) I am going to have a big sign that says "Haven't published anything and don't ever plan to." Because you don't have to be a pro to be on panels and some random clueless people just don't seem to get that.

3. And while I am on said panels, I need an "Inappropriate panelist" t-shirt. Since the people who think there are such things would certainly think I am, what with not being a literary expert and just liking books.

(None of this is a hack on the the con, I had a great time and kudos go to kalmn and the rest of the programming folks, who did a great job.)

Current Mood: Grumpier than I realized
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