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Archive for August, 2007

Save the cheerleader, save the world

I think I’m insane. No comments from the peanut gallery, mmmkay? Sheeesh. I’m trying to make a point here.

I’ve been watching Heroes Season 1 for the last several hours. I even watched a version of the Pilot episode; Genesis and Don’t Look Back combined, which was never aired. I’m not going to throw any spoilers of it on here cause, seriously? It would seriously spoil some shit. I won’t tell you which character they did this too, but they completely changed one character. Changed the background of the character, changed the ethnicity of the character AND changed the religion of the character.

I’ll leave it at that for now. I fucking.love.this.show. I’m just sayin’ There are a lot of things in the deleted scenes that are quite interesting as well.

I didn’t realize I missed a few episodes during the season. But, ummm, yeah I did. Now I get to catch up. I’m going to do a recap of season one when I’m done watching the whole thing. I’m going to try to watch the whole season this weekend, but it may take me a week or so. Once I’m done watching it, I’ll go over to Fluff and do the recap.

When I was in the shower earlier, I was looking at the faucet and kept thinking to myself that it was not a very good one. The water pressure is not all that great and I’m not digging it. It’s a good thing I’m moving soon cause I’d be tempted to try to buy some new shower faucets. Cause you know I’m crazy like that and started looking for some online.

I’m going to do my laundry tomorrow and do nothing until my GA meeting and then my best friend KP invited me over for some games of beer pong. I’ve never played that before, so it should be interesting.

I’m still looking for a new theme. Give me time and I’ll find one that rocks.

Until next time…

In a good space

It’s Friday!!!! Woohoo! Although I’m off today, I feel like I worked a whole shift. I filled out an application/resume thing online for a government agency. It took me 45 freaking minutes to complete it!! It’s for an opening in Louisville. It’s Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm with weekends and holidays off. Cross your fingers for me! After doing that online application process, I then paid all my bills online except one. And only that one is getting mailed cause their website sucks and I couldn’t get registered.

Several years ago, I used to have a great pair of slippers that Josie chewed. I’ve been thinking I need another pair for when I get to Louisville. The weather doesn’t requite slippers here, even in the winter I just wear my socks in place of them. I’m thinking the weather in the winter there will requite a new pair though. The website I found has lots of cute pairs of slippers. I may purchase one soon.

My Shutterbuggin’ with Sodapop looks phenomenal. Thanks to my brother, of course. I’ve posted a lot of stuff over there already. Why don’t you go check it out?

Getting that new theme over there makes me want a new one for here at The Soda Stand. I’m going to look around. I had a design chosen from istock, but I don’t know if I want to have my brother doing something with it or not. I really like it, but don’t know if I “LUFF” it, ya know?

I’m watching the Fantastic Four on cable right now. I’m thinking of going to lay on the couch and maybe take a nap. I’m off today. Actually I’m off work until Wednesday. I took Tuesday off cause I have a dentist appointment in the morning. She’ll be preparing a tooth for a root canal and that always freaking hurts me. I don’t know why that novacaine affects me the way it does, but I get icky after that.

I have no plans most of the weekend. Sunday I have a BBQ/pool party I’m going to during the day and then that speaker meeting at 6pm. Yeehaw!

Until next time…

So now what?

I had heard on the news and through some emails that Monster.com’s resume database was compromised and a lot of information was stolen from there.

I was worried my information had been compromised, but I didn’t really give it a second thought cause I had not received a letter or email saying that.

Well today changed that. I got a letter dated August 23, 2007 from Monster.

Dear Monster Customer,
Recently, a malicious software, known as Inforstealer:Monstres, was used to gain unauthorized access to the Monster resume database. Regrettably, some of the contact information that was captured included your name, address, telephone number and email address.

How fucking lovely for me. Let’s put Sodapop in a worse mood when she’s already worrying about her boss, her mom and her big ass fucking move coming up in about 7 weeks.

As we move forward, I want to reassure you: We are taking swift and decisive action to address this situation and to leverage all of our resources, so we can implement a long-term remedy and protect the data that job seekers, like yourself, entrust to us. In fact, Monster Worldwide already has identified and shut down a rogue server that was accessing and collecting job seeker contact information through the use of compromised, legitimate employer-client log-in credentials

I’ve been wondering why I’ve received a metric fuckton of emails from illegal scams and people asking me to receive money from their client and then transfer it to them and then they’d pay me like $3,000 a month just for doing that. Hello! Scammer!

At the same time, I ask that you remain alert for counterfeit “phishing” emails that may appear to be from Monster asking you to download software. Monster will NEVER ask you to download any software, “tool” or “access agreement” in order to use your Monster account.

Fucksticks. The scammers, not Monster.

Please also be on the alert for fraudulent email claiming to be from Monster.com and advertising a position managing financial transactions, or cashing checks. These emails are attempting to engage Monster users in a money laundering or bad check scam

Ya think? I’ve been getting tons of them from Monster AND Careerbuilder. I wonder if Careerbuilder is aware of this shit?

The letter goes on to give me more information about the counterfeit emails and scams. It also tells me that if I suspect something to forward it to their email. I’m going to start emailing all those fucking spam emails to them.

Now my question would be, now what do I do? Do I remove my resume? If I do that, I remove the access I have to send my resume online to possible employers.

I send out my resume at least 3 times per day. Either using Monster, Careerbuilder, Yahoo! Hot Jobs or the Louisville government website.

I opened this letter after watching a very emotional episode of Charmed (the one where Phoebe chooses her sisters over Cole and they kill him.) Made me even more emotional.

And now my Norton Internet Security is telling me a recent attempt to “attack” my computer blocked.

Fuckers, leave me alone. I am in no mood to fuck with you or people like you.

OK, I’m done venting now.

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Two weeks from today

Two weeks from today I will be a basket case. Why, you ask? Where have you been? Two weeks from today (September 13) will be my last day at the job I’ve had for 15 years.

I hired onto this place as a temporary office assistant, doing criminal history data entry. I worked 19 hours a week. I was one of the first “testers” for a system that they wanted us to use for crime reports and their additional paperwork. The system sucked ass. I told them so. They didn’t listen to me. We still use an upgraded/updated version of this program.

It still sucks ass.

I shortly thereafter started working 40 hours a week (still a temp) doing warrant validation. I liked this. I then hired on full time January 8, 1994.

I’ve grown up on the department. I was 22 when I first hired on. I’ve had some of the best times of my life while working here. I’ve also had some of the worst. There are several people that I have worked with over the years who influenced me to promote up through the ranks of the civilian side of things.

I was only tempted once to test for the academy and become a commissioned officer. And then I realized I’d be quite fucking dangerous with a gun on my hip. And now that they have taser guns? Forget it. I’d have a IAB complaint every week.

I could see me pulling the taser trigger cause some asshat did something stupid. I think stupid people should just stop breeding. It’s dangerous, annoying and down right rude.

I started my other blog, I’ve named it Shutterbuggin’ with Sodapop. I’ve done an “add on” domain to my c-panel and my brother walked me through every single step.

I would be so freaking lost without my brother. I use his hosting as well.

All I have to do over at Shutterbuggin’ is find a design that I like and have my brother install it LOL or walk me through it. I guess I could take some initiative here and learn how to do this shit myself. However, if I did that, I wouldn’t get to bug my brother as often as I do now. And that’s what little sisters live for, ya know? We live to annoy our big brothers. Cause we can and we know it.

I also signed up that blog for Pay Per Post. It got approved immediately, however my Google and Alexa ratings are at zero, so I’m not qualified to take any assignments yet. I’ve added Shutterbuggin’ to my Blog Explosion account and am waiting on admin approval for that. Need to get some traffic over there.

I found out that the State Prison of Kentucky (except dangerous felons and death row) is located in La Grange, KY. I got this information from Laci, thanks Miss Laci for letting me know that I now have a stalker in the state prison system. Whether working for the system or stuck in the system. Ugh. I’ve never had a stalker before. I don’t know whether to be scared or thrilled. I guess I’ll reserve judgment for if/when this person comes back to this blog.

And now I’m going to find some cool recovery related stuff to post over at my other blog.

You really do need to check this out

And tell all your friends, kthxbai

Shutterbuggin’ with Sodapop

I bought the domain today, my brother helped me set up the WordPress blog and I’m on my way to posting. I’ve been working on stuff all this evening and I’m tired now. My eyes are crossed. I’m still looking for a theme for it and I’ll keep that current theme until I find the exact one I want.

I’m picky like that.

Too bad I’m not that picky with the men I choose to get involved with. LOL

Until next time….

Come on, don’t be shy!

The post title has nothing to do with this post until further down, you’ll get there. Just keep reading!

I had a fairly good day at work. Until my boss told me about something going on with him and his wife. Some people where we were feel very threatened by my boss. He’s moving up the chain quickly and they have him on the fast track for a promotion soon.

People don’t like that. So instead of cowboy’n up and taking responsibility for their own shit, they try to discredit my boss in nefarious ways. He was telling me about what’s going on and I almost lost my mind. He was hurt, confused and livid. I can’t blame him. These people are being pieces of shit and I hope to not find out who they are before I leave.

I would kick their asses. All of them. One at a time. Shit. I might beat their asses all at the same time. I’m a Scandalous Bitch, I can do anything I set my mind too. I’m ready to take these people on for my boss and his wife.

These two people have NEVER been anything but honest, up front and compassionate with everyone they come into contact with. It makes me SICK that these fucksticks at work can turn this around and try to make it something bad and which can possibly cost my boss and his wife money.

Fucksticks. All of em. I’m so glad I’m leaving. I now have 14 days left (not including today). Which makes it about 8 working days (there’s a holiday between now and then and I’m taking one day for some dental work). I’m tempted to burn some bridges with a few higher ranking people at my job. I doubt I will, but it sure feels good to vent about it!

Now onto the post title:

In a seven hour time span yesterday, someone from the State of Kentucky, based in La Grange, KY visited my website a total of six times for a total of 50 minutes and 52 seconds.

I went back 1000+ visitors on my blog and yesterday at 04:31 hours was the first time they visited my blog. It was a direct visit, meaning they didn’t click on the link from another website.

I wonder who they are and why they didn’t comment or leave me a message. They obviously liked my blog cause they kept coming back. They went through alot of my archives, my About Me page, my 100 Things About Me, etc. Spent lots of time here.

Don’t be shy. Introduce yourself.

Until next time…

For the first time in my life I’m scared to death

Post title brought to you by the song First Time – Lifehouse

Several thoughts and feelings are running through this brain of mine. First, I’m extremely excited to announce I will be covering the fall season of Heroes over on Fluff. It’s the first time I’ve ever signed up to help out on a collaborative blog. I’m really looking forward to it. And it will keep me watching Heroes regularly!

My day got better yesterday after that post. Although I spent the entire day thinking of Todd and talking to him, I got through my day pretty well. Someone mentioned in the comments it may be his way of sending me love to help calm me. I like that idea. I am scared to death of this move. I’m very apprehensive with leaving behind everyone and everything I’ve ever known. I am overwhelmed, stressed and fantastic all at once, if that makes sense.

I went to dinner with about 10 women last night. I’m friends with most of them, and a few I don’t know that well. One of my friends is going through a painful divorce and it was upsetting to watch the pain cross her face when she was talking about her soon to be ex-husband. It’s quite sad. My heart breaks for her.

I got an email from the apartment complex yesterday and they will NOT have one of the townhomes available at the time I’m moving down there. However, they WILL have a 2 bedroom apartment home. I told the girl the 2 bed apartment was fine, it’s $79 cheaper every month anyway, and it’s still 2 bedrooms. WOOT!

My left eye is watering today. My allergies are kind of bugging me, woke up feeling quite congested and what not. I’m glad it didn’t start watering like this until I got to the office – where I really don’t NEED the eye to see (you know, like when I’m driving?).

Until next time…

What’s he trying to say?

I woke up this morning thinking of Todd. This is nothing new, since I think about him all the time. The difference? My usual thoughts are fleeting ones, like “Oh Todd would love that.” or something like “Damn, Todd would have loved this shit!!!”

Today is different. I don’t know what it is and I can’t put my finger on it. I woke up thinking of him and the times we would go to The Big Inning and watch the Buffalo Bills games during football season and then the New York Yankees games during baseball season. He was a Bills fan, while I am the Yankees fan.

My thoughts then went to his death and I got sad all over again. I started missing him and I felt like I got punched in the gut again. It’s difficult to breathe today. I can hardly think of anything else.

So my question is, what’s he trying to tell me? I believe when we think of those who have passed before us constantly like this, that person is reaching out from the other side. Strange? Only for those who have never felt this.

I can’t go to my real life friends because they get impatient with me when I talk about him, even when I’m recounting funny stuff about him. So I lay my soul on the table here, once again. I used to get mad at my friends for not letting me grieve and mourn the way I feel is right for me. I used to get mad because, “who are they to tell me how to grieve and mourn?”

I lost parts of my heart and soul when he died 2 years ago. I can’t understand why my friends don’t get that. But then I think, thinking that of them is the same as them thinking “why isn’t she over it yet?” I guess it’s just the way it goes.

I hold onto my memories of Todd with both fists and I let myself cry when I need to cry. I let myself scream when I need to scream and I let myself miss him as often as I feel it. Which is quite often.

I think it’s time to start packing up my personal stuff here at the office. OY. That will make me sad too.

Until next time…

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Something woke me up this morning. It was loud, bright and disturbingly wonderful. At 3:45 a.m., a bolt of lightning lit up my room and then the whole house shook from the thunder. I opened one eye, thinking to myself “What the…..” and then it happened again. And I smiled.

I absolutely love thunderstorms. I love the rain, I love the lightning (as long as it’s not near me) and I love the sound of thunder. It stormed for about an hour, keeping me awake. I got a little irritated cause I had to go to work this morning.

I dragged my ass to work at 6am, took me an hour to get there cause when it rains in this town, the brains start falling out of heads. It’s really quite disturbing. Normal, everyday people lose their ever lovin’ minds when it rains in this town. Power was out in different areas of the valley, debris all over the roads. It was an interesting ride to work.

My boss called in sick at about 8:15 and told me to finish what I was doing and get outta there. Little did he know I was doing a whole lot of nothing (as usual) and so I left the office at about 9:30.

I’m now home, enjoying my extra day off and will probably take a nap soon. I’ve taken some pictures the last several days of the storm clouds and the like, which I need to download and get onto Flickr. I’ll do that before I go bowling tonight.

Until next time…

What a boring day

I have been bored most of the day. Granted, it was all my fault cause I had plenty to do around the house. I just chose not to do it. I was lazy, bored and felt very slovenly all day.

At least I did two loads of laundry today. After that, I watched football, CSI, Practical Magic and an episode of MI-5 that has been sitting on the DVR for weeks.

Now I’m sitting here on the couch with the laptop, watching the local news that started after the pre-season Eagles/Steelers game.

I just got a phone call that I will be doing a speaker meeting a week from today. That means I will sit in front of about 30 people and tell my story. How it was, what I was like and how it is and what I’m like now, in regards to my gambling. It makes me a little nervous, but I’ve done a few speaker meetings and it’s quite liberating to do.

I also made the decision to help Fluff out by being a contributor this Fall season. I’ll be reviewing Heroes weekly. I figure even when I’m on the road, on my way to Kentucky, I’ll be able to watch the show. Just have to get onto NBC.com and check it out.

I sent my inventory list to the movers. Did I mention this already? This feels like deja vu. Hmmm. I sent it to the lady I’ve been in contact with and am waiting for an estimate from them.

I found the fucking jackpot of all job openings online today. I found the Kentucky State Police website and they have two admin spots open in Jefferson County and I’ll be keeping my eye on two or three other counties in the area. I’m going to print up the applications tomorrow and get them in the mail.

Even though I’m not really in a hurry to get a job, I’d like to get one lined up anyway. I would just feel more secure that way.

OK, back to watching the news and being bored.

Until next time….

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