Grief is a funny thing

I really didn’t cry at all when Dad died last month. But I have been in tears off and on all day today thinking about the three Good Mews cats that were euthanized in the past two and a half weeks. As I read the tributes to Theo on Facebook today, and contributed my own …

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Farewell to Some Feline Friends

The volunteers of Good Mews Animal Foundation are having an emotional November. Two of our most memorable residents have made the journey to Rainbow Bridge; a third will be joining them tomorrow morning. Pops was found up near Canton on a brutal January weekend, emaciated and frozen almost to death. Marley was found huddled under …

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Me Time

I never subscribed to the common belief that women were supposed to put husband and children first, then other family, then community, and themselves last. I’ve always needed Me Time, and I never was willing to sacrifice it for someone else’s needs. Maybe it would get abbreviated at times, but something had to be there …

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I’d Rather Do It Myself

I found out today that one of the two people we hired to teach CS this year is quitting at the end of the semester. That’s all I know about it because I didn’t want to pry for the gory details in such a public setting, but my suspicion is that he didn’t really have …

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Overcoming fears

From NaBloPoMo, today’s prompt courtesy of Ricki Lake: I was terrified to go on DWTS, but facing my fear and overcoming it has been an incredible experience. Have you faced fears and overcome them? I’ve been terrified every time I’ve had to get up in front of strangers and do ANYTHING. I have never enjoyed …

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The benefits of being physically active

Today I’m killing two birds with one stone, so to speak: satisfying today’s Daily Challenge, “Share or write down the biggest benefit you get from being physically active,” by writing this blog entry. Most of my physical activity is either all the everyday walking around that I do, or my bellydance classes. Walking is good …

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It’s Too Soon To Have Short-Timer’s Syndrome

What I was supposed to do today vis-a-vis attending the CCSC:SE Conference: Drive up to Furman University Attend a digital forensics workshop Network with other presenters over lunch Sit through a keynote address Attend two paper/panel/workshop sessions Have dinner with colleagues at the banquet and enjoy the featured speaker What I REALLY did today: Drove …

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Why I don’t like to travel

I’m not overly fond of traveling, unlike many people. I usually manage to enjoy it when I do, but it’s not something I anticipate with great glee. Here’s why: Sleeping in strange beds is a challenge, at least until I get used to them. The mattress isn’t the degree of firmness I’m accustomed to, the …

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What do you do when you have nothing to say?

I’m tired tonight. I had my long day of classes, where nothing momentous happened. The only unusual thing at work was that I met with the programming team to discuss this weekend’s competition. Even with them I don’t have that much input — they are pretty much all adults so I treat them as such, …

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It’s too frickin’ early for Christmas stuff!

It’s bad enough that we’re already inundated with holiday commercials and that Christmas merchandise was already flooding the store shelves before Halloween even arrived. All of the holiday arts & crafts shopping events seem to happen in November, too.  WTF??? Seriously, the Christmas season should run from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. With the way …

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