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I`m such a pessimistic person that back when he was announced as candidate, I thought to myself "if it`s gone this far, it`ll go all the way". But a shred of hope remained. Last night when they called Ohio - isn`t that like a sign for whoever is gonna win? - my heart sank completely.

So I`m not really shocked so much as quite sad. And I live in a country miles away.

I don`t even know what to say to the fact that something the Simpsons once used as a spoof became reality.
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Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes and messages, guys. :)
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Checking in back from vacation...



Had a wonderful time - cruise ships are the height of decadence yet also the height of relaxation - but believe it or not, I managed to get a sunburn even inmore clues to guess behind the cut )
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Just took out my Christmas decoration and put on the Easter deco.

What? I like cutting it close. *g*

Ow

Nov. 22nd, 2012 08:47 pm
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Oy, I feel the headache from hell coming on. Which would normally not be that much of a problem because the usual painkillers I take for this always work nicely. Only trouble is I had some very, very minor surgery (even just local anesthesia) on Tuesday and am not supposed to take meds with certain ingredients. Like my trusty painkillers. They are even explicitely listed on the "do not take" spreadsheet. Urgh.

I guess I`ll try my luck with the painkillers they prescribed me after the procedure. They are not specifically for heachaches and I didn`t need them so far because despite looking a bit like Herman Munster right now - seriously, for such a little thing, the stitching job seems quite big, I had a bit of a "jesus christ" reaction when I peeked under the bandages yesterday - the pain has been really minimal in the area. But I figure, it should numb any pain somewhat. So gimme. Sigh.
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Am home safe and sound. Maybe I`ll post some pictures once I sorted through them. There might be some amusing ones of me almost toppling down off a camel which will never ever ever see the light of say. *g*

I need to adjust to the temperatures here first. 5 degrees Celsius? Urgh. The Sahara was noticeably warmer than that. So far I can only say I seriously recommend a Nile cruise as it was the most relaxing, stress-relieving way I have ever travelled in my entire life. And nope, it isn`t just for seniors, it was seriously fun and "let all your worries go". Our ship was done in the Victorian era style so it had something of Agatha Christie`s "Death on the Nile". Without the murder, that is. :D

And because our group is awesome, we got to see the temple of Abu Simbel all alone, after all the tourists were gone. \o/ Believe me, it makes a real difference if you can wander the ancient chambers on your own for a change.

I would not however recommend staying in Cairo any longer than it takes to see the Pyramids (which ain`t that long) because as someone in our group said (accurately): "The pyramids are the ONLY buildings finished here."
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Off work tomorrow thanks to public holiday. \o/

And really not a moment too soon for I need to expel the first harbingers of what I can feel will be a nasty cold from my body as long as there is still time. Because I`m going on vacation next week and if I`m to be sick on vacation for the third time in a row, I will break something.
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Well, that sucks. I was "lucky" enough to catch this stupid CVU trojan and it crushed my computer so bad, so far nothing I tried works. I can work it fine unless I try connect with the net, then the screen freezes with the false "ransom note", you know "you violated copyright law and will go to jail for 6000 years unless you pay us 100 Euros in the next two days, bla bla". Thankfully, the external harddrive - that was plugged in at the time it happened - doesn't seem affected. There are no suspicious data, especially one with .exe on it at least. And I can use my trusty netbook for internet access in the meantime.

The ironic thing is, I already bought a new laptop because my old one has been acting up more and more lately. I had planned to do all the installations and preparations and shit on the weekend. Of course, I also had planned to copy some stuff from my old comp. Now I'm uncertain, I don't want to simply piggy-back the trojan of course. But if I just choose specific files and transfered them each at a time, could malware still be transfered that way? I mean, it has to be an .exe file if nothing else, does it?

When it comes to computers, I'm, shall we say, semi-knowledgeable so I'd be glad for any helpful tipps and tricks.
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Well, that sucks. I was "lucky" enough to catch this stupid CVU trojan and it crushed my computer so bad, so far nothing I tried works. I can work it fine unless I try connect with the net, then the screen freezes with the false "ransom note", you know "you violated copyright law and will go to jail for 6000 years unless you pay us 100 Euros in the next two days, bla bla". Thankfully, the external harddrive - that was plugged in at the time it happened - doesn't seem affected. There are no suspicious data, especially one with .exe on it at least. And I can use my trusty netbook for internet access in the meantime.

The ironic thing is, I already bought a new laptop because my old one has been acting up more and more lately. I had planned to do all the installations and preparations and shit on the weekend. Of course, I also had planned to copy some stuff from my old comp. Now I'm uncertain, I don't want to simply piggy-back the trojan of course. But if I just choose specific files and transfered them each at a time, could malware still be transfered that way? I mean, it has to be an .exe file if nothing else, does it?

When it comes to computers, I'm, shall we say, semi-knowledgeable so I'd be glad for any helpful tipps and tricks.
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I'm on vacation for the next two weeks. Yeeeeeeeeessssssssss!

Initially, I had planned to travel but since I have something in November lined up and an Alaska cruise next year, doing two trips this year again would have made finances a little (read: lot) tight.

So, I do plan to catch up on some shows, get myself aquainted with my new Wii, maybe do a puzzle or two (it relaxes me) and possibly even write something. We'll see. The important thing is I don't have to swim through syrup anymore - okay, I have never really swam through syrup but, regardless, that is exactly how work has felt like for this entire fist half of the year.
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I'm on vacation for the next two weeks. Yeeeeeeeeessssssssss!

Initially, I had planned to travel but since I have something in November lined up and an Alaska cruise next year, doing two trips this year again would have made finances a little (read: lot) tight.

So, I do plan to catch up on some shows, get myself aquainted with my new Wii, maybe do a puzzle or two (it relaxes me) and possibly even write something. We'll see. The important thing is I don't have to swim through syrup anymore - okay, I have never really swam through syrup but, regardless, that is exactly how work has felt like for this entire fist half of the year.
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There...there is a Dallas remake? With some of the old cast? Seriously?

Somehow this makes me feel so, so old because back in the day I wasn't allowed to watch it on a schoolnight - Dynasty, yes, since that was on between 9 and 10 p.m. - but Dallas only started at 10.45 p.m. and even my very liberal-when-it-came-to-me-staying-up-late-mother (seriously, at six to seven years old, on weekends, I could stay up till one a.m. if I wanted and didn't bother her) didn't let me watch it. Which was frustrating because for the older students it was one of the "water cooler talk" shows so you always got snippets.

In recent years, I have made my peace with watching actors who are younger than me now but this for some reason is still shocking.

Sometimes, I still can't believe that I have been out of school longer than I have been in it. When did that happen? Where did the time go? *sniffles in nostalgia*
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There...there is a Dallas remake? With some of the old cast? Seriously?

Somehow this makes me feel so, so old because back in the day I wasn't allowed to watch it on a schoolnight - Dynasty, yes, since that was on between 9 and 10 p.m. - but Dallas only started at 10.45 p.m. and even my very liberal-when-it-came-to-me-staying-up-late-mother (seriously, at six to seven years old, on weekends, I could stay up till one a.m. if I wanted and didn't bother her) didn't let me watch it. Which was frustrating because for the older students it was one of the "water cooler talk" shows so you always got snippets.

In recent years, I have made my peace with watching actors who are younger than me now but this for some reason is still shocking.

Sometimes, I still can't believe that I have been out of school longer than I have been in it. When did that happen? Where did the time go? *sniffles in nostalgia*
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I jammed my thumb in the car door today. Ooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!

Normally I'm not this clumsy, must have caught it from some of my colleagues who manage to hurt and maim themselves almost daily.

Or do hilariously crazy shit. Like today when we were looking at a picture of our agency's soccer team online. We were debating if that was colleague A in the picture since he wasn't wearing glasses and looked kind of strange. Well, a co-worker of mine grabbed a pen and scribbled a pair of glasses on his face, right onto the computer screen. With permanent marker. :D
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I jammed my thumb in the car door today. Ooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!

Normally I'm not this clumsy, must have caught it from some of my colleagues who manage to hurt and maim themselves almost daily.

Or do hilariously crazy shit. Like today when we were looking at a picture of our agency's soccer team online. We were debating if that was colleague A in the picture since he wasn't wearing glasses and looked kind of strange. Well, a co-worker of mine grabbed a pen and scribbled a pair of glasses on his face, right onto the computer screen. With permanent marker. :D
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The following dialogue was heard when I took my car in yesterday for a routine inspection:

Repair dude: "OMG, those brakes are done for, how does this car even come to a stop anymore?"
Me, imagining all those serpentine roads I have to drive on to get to work: "..."

He showed them to me, too (standing UNDER your car up on the auto hoist is kind of creepy) and they really were rusty and jiggled in ways I don't think they are supposed to jiggle. O-kay.

Now there goes money I wanted to save up for next year's vacation. Sigh.
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The following dialogue was heard when I took my car in yesterday for a routine inspection:

Repair dude: "OMG, those brakes are done for, how does this car even come to a stop anymore?"
Me, imagining all those serpentine roads I have to drive on to get to work: "..."

He showed them to me, too (standing UNDER your car up on the auto hoist is kind of creepy) and they really were rusty and jiggled in ways I don't think they are supposed to jiggle. O-kay.

Now there goes money I wanted to save up for next year's vacation. Sigh.
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Since our cat wasn't really feeling well on the Weekend - lying around apathetically, not eating - I took him to the vet again today. An x-ray showed that his spleen had ruptured and a giant gas bubble had formed in his stomach. She said there wasn't anything to do and he was obviously suffering so she had to put him down. Sigh. :(

Rest well, Georgie, I hope you had two good years with us.
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Since our cat wasn't really feeling well on the Weekend - lying around apathetically, not eating - I took him to the vet again today. An x-ray showed that his spleen had ruptured and a giant gas bubble had formed in his stomach. She said there wasn't anything to do and he was obviously suffering so she had to put him down. Sigh. :(

Rest well, Georgie, I hope you had two good years with us.
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I think my cat is high. :D

He was limping prominently so we took him to the vet and apparently he sprained his left front paw or something. So he got a shot and some pain killers we took home. I've been feeding those to him hidden in some his fave treats. His walking did go better but he looks drowsy and kinda out of it. Hopefully, I don't have a furry mini-House on my hands now. *g*
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