Tag: January 2008

New Year
tues 1 Jan 2008

Entry #1 of 4 on this page (tagged: january)

Yay 2008! I always love new things and beginning things! The opportunities of the blank page!

Books35313351845541 books
S871618663499868 entries
Bread---1762949 loaves

I wanted to concentrate on big fat books for 2007... and I did. I finished 41 books, and the average book was 350 pages! 16 of those books were over 400 pages, the biggest books were The World Treasury of Science Fiction at 1083 pages and Darwin's The Descent of Man at 733 pages. Tag:

Okay, enough with the obsessive numbers.

I didn't type as much here at Static8, I think because my day job is so draining. And I think I was reading more because I was using it as an escape. The day job is a major problem, and it needs to end. I'll be quitting this spring, as soon as I replace all the money I spent on xmas.

I haven't gotten a bike yet, but my other green goals are coming along nicely. With all the good, healthy, wheat bread I've made in the bread machine, we haven't had to buy store bread at all this year, altho there was some freegan bread involved. The worms arrived in March 2007 and after a fruit fly problem was solved the worms had a population explosion. They are happily munching and making compost! Tag:

I decided it was too expensive and likely too wasteful to join a CSA (I wasn't sure we'd be able to eat all that food). But I will look into it again this year. It might be a good idea, since SO has decided that he is vegetarian now and wants more to do with whole veges! I would like to find a vegan farm, I remember there are a couple in the area.

2008 Intentions

  #1 Quit the stupid day job!

  Put a dent in the "To Be Read" pile. Including magazines.

  CSA? a bicycle? What else to be more green, pro-animal, anarchist?

  Make 2008 a year of art!

  Take some classes. Learn sign language.

  More vegan!

Please Hit the Reset Button
Fri 11 Jan 2008

Entry #2 of 4 on this page (tagged: january)

I had such high hopes for a new year, but so far it's just been... difficult.

Day Job: Even tho half the crew was laid off due to "lack of work", strangely I am still being overworked and stressed out. I come home unhappy and exhausted with my back aching despite pain pills. And I don't feel like doing my cool cheri-artsy things at home because of all this.

So I am pretty much permanently grumpy. Then we had this minor chaos where our apartment manager was not going to let us adopt guinea pigs. That really pissed me off for a few days, but now it's sorted out.

And I've probably been reading too much news. They are going to cut down a lot of old growth forest in Oregon, put in more roads through the forests for loggers, and cut closer to the rivers. crap like this totally depresses me.

But I'm tired of being grumpy. I just want to start over, begin again, turn over a new leaf, reboot...

Here are the guinea pigs we are trying to adopt from the local humane society:

guinea pigs

The one that looks disturbingly like Tegan is called Boo, the black and white one is Twitch. They are both girls. Hopefully they will let us bring them home this weekend.

And in other creative news. Well, there isn't any. because I'm grumpy, remember. But I have ideas. And if I could just get the energy to work on them, I would probably be happy...

Guinea Pigs!
Sun 13 Jan 2008

Entry #3 of 4 on this page (tagged: january)

Day 1

Introducing Boo and Twitch, guinea pigs of extreme cuteness!

They are just over 2½ years old, and they have been at the humane society for 4 months, 1 week. And now they live with us!

They are a little bit nervous, settling in. They seem well adjusted, and don't have any problems being picked up, and don't freak out when you pet them. They've been a little bit grumpy at each other, but I'm sure that's just stress.

Boo looks a lot like Tegan, but her red is about half a shade darker and of course her markings are a little different. The bone structure of her face is different too.

Twitch's black is amazingly black. She's got red on both sides of her face (left cheek and right ear), but the black makes for difficult photography.

The humane society gave us their "Surrender Profiles" and the first page of their medical records. They were brought in because their person didn't have time for them. Which means s/he was not cleaning their cage: to the point where the guinea pigs had clumps in their fur and possibly bugs. *shakes head*

Well, they'll never have that problem again. We got to talk to their humane society caretaker for a while. She told us about Boo and Twitch's obsession with grass hay. And gave us a lecture concerning Vitamin C. *thumbs up*

arent they cute

Sun 27 Jan 2008

Entry #4 of 4 on this page (tagged: january)


The Static has been lacking here lately. This is because of the stress, chronic pain and annoyance that is my day job. I had thought to put the website on hiatus until March... at which time I hope to be free from such disturbing trifles. But the chaos is showing, like a frilly pink slip under the black dress.

So it's probably better to just type.

hay on a plate

The piglets had their vet exam this week: clean bill of health and all that. The vet tech had come in first to get their weight, she was asking if the guinea pigs talked at all. I told her that Twitch was definitely the talker, and the tech was holding and petting Twitch, trying to get her to say something.

Twitch: Very Loud Wheep! Wheep! Wheep!
Tech: Jumps! in surprise.

haha. It really is funny how such a little animal can have such a big voice.

The vet and I talked about how nervous the piggies are at home. Every random movement and occasional loud noises from SO, and they scatter... RUN to the back of their house and stare at you, wide eyed. The vet said well, they are prey animals, and since they are older (2½ years) they may or may not "grow" out of their jumpiness. sighs - I want them to relax!

One of the books I'm reading is Barbara Sher's Refuse to Choose: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams I am fascinated... evidently not everybody has 50 million half-finished, half-started, half-conceived projects going on at once? I guess I assumed everyone was like me, with fingers in a lot of pies. and cakes. and salads. and and and!

ha. So. This book, Refuse, is going to tell me how to get some of my projects done, maybe. Lots of good and usable tips. Chapter 6 "I Won't Do Anything If I Can't Do Everything" ha, yep, that's me... I can't wait to read that chapter.

But I know the ability to "Do Everything" is already there because I read. um... I have well over 50 books in my To Be Read pile (not including the 300+ ebooks I've downloaded); I am always reading and I never have trouble picking out which book to read next and I figure I'll get to the others eventually.

Why can't I do the same thing with my projects? With my projects, I can't figure out which one I want to do next because they are all so very important. Or, the project that I want to do first, can't be done because I don't have something necessary, or I don't have the motivation to do the first project... and I definitely can't start another project until the boring first project is done...


This morning I woke up in the wrong city. Not only was there snow, there was also accumulation. Isn't it supposed to be raining?

hiding a nut

did anybody see me hide that nut?

Later: We ended up with FIVE inches of snow! It's the most snow this area has had in 12 years! In a normal winter we get 1.5 inches of snow spread out across a few days (apart from the usual rain). Five inches is awesome! There were snowmen made! HA!

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