Friday, December 28, 2001
Thursday, December 27, 2001
Want to be published in
The Girls’ Book of Love
Wednesday, December 26, 2001
Tuesday, December 25, 2001
Monday, December 24, 2001
Builder & Painter Wendy
Sunday, December 23, 2001
Saturday, December 22, 2001
Osama got run
over by a reindeer
Friday, December 21, 2001
Geminids Meteor Shower
Thursday, December 20, 2001
Wednesday, December 19, 2001
Secret Santa makes NYC's season bright
Tuesday, December 18, 2001
||this is an
Monday, December 17, 2001
Watch Out Santa!
Sunday, December 16, 2001
Saturday, December 15, 2001
A Full Moon On
Friday, December 14, 2001
Thursday, December 13, 2001
Wednesday, December 12, 2001
Tuesday, December 11, 2001
||Well, I got out of my self-centered funk for a
moment to think about the thousands of lives that were irrevocably changed 3
months ago. I didn't want to muse too much because then I would have
started crying a lot. And, back into a migraine....
Monday, December 10, 2001
||Feeling a little better... Excedrin only
Sunday, December 9, 2001
||Still no Christmas Tree for us....
I had to do
an Imitrex injection. Oowwwwie!
Saturday, December 8, 2001
||Emergency visit to my chiropractor. FIX
Friday, December 7, 2001
||Haven't I suffered enough......?
Thursday, December 6, 2001
Panoramic World View from Space Station
Wednesday, December 5, 2001
||Wow, I just cannot shake this migraine.
And, today it is getting so much worse!!!!! Owwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, December 4, 2001
||As you might have guessed from all of my
previous short entries, I'm still quite caught up in
Dark Age of Camelot.
They did a major patch today and changed bunches of stuff (that's
Monday, December 3, 2001
||maura dot com
Sunday, December 2, 2001
Saturday, December 1, 2001
Mutability - a personal website
Friday, November 30, 2001
Thursday, November 29, 2001
Flash movies : Mad Donna
Wednesday, November 28, 2001
Archive: Building an 'Internet Library'
Tuesday, November 27, 2001
SOFIA Kid's Page -
Monday, November 26, 2001
LIVE: Times Square Cam
Sunday, November 25, 2001
||I have officially turned into a gaming geek.
It's not a fluke. I played the game again today for hours...
Galahad & I switched off, although now, I'm wondering if I can run it on 2
PC's simultaneously and how much that might cost.
I bet you're wondering
which game. It's Dark Age of
Camelot, an online role-playing game. Sounds silly & weird, huh?
Somehow, there's lots of fun mixed in also. Plus, it's nice to "see"
my brother online.
Gaming --- it's not just for geeks anymore. Or, I'm deep in denial
and a complete GEEK! Maybe I haven't quite crossed the line fully.
I haven't joined a guild in the game. They have real-life websites,
etc. for those. Some people must really pour hundreds of hours into
learning this whole culture.
By the way, I'm a Level 6 Blademaster! Sounds way cool, aye?
Saturday, November 24, 2001
||My brother in Seattle invited Galahad to play
some online game that kind of sounded a little silly or weird to me. I
installed it and helped get him all set up. I even ended up listening
to my brother's tutorial on the phone for 2 hours. And, sad to say,
now I'm hooked.
Friday, November 23, 2001
||some helpful holiday links, especially for those
whose pockets may not be as full as they might like...
Get Organized for Christmas
Frugal Moms : Gifts to Make
Home-Made Christmas Gifts
Christmas! ...Frugal Living
A Simple Holiday to
Thursday, November 22, 2001
Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Ying Yang Five
Elements Basic Relationship
Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Australia - A summary
Koala's Christmas Pages
Monday, November 19, 2001
Leap4Fun - 4th Grade
Interactive Practice Leap Exam
Sunday, November 18, 2001
||The combination of my chiropractic visit, more
meds, and some sleep has helped so far. I did wake up several times
last night, so it wasn't quite a good night's sleep. The good side of
that is that I was awake to watch part of the Leonid Meteor shower. Trés
Saturday, November 17, 2001
||OMG! Blistering migraine from visiting the
mall! It will be a LONG time before I do that again. None of my
medications worked. I had to pay an emergency visit to my
chiropractor, also (thanks, Doc!).
Friday, November 16, 2001
||Find out how well you'll be able to see the
Leonid Meteor shower this weekend using this
Thursday, November 15, 2001
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Astronomy Picture Of the Day
The Implicit Association Test
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Pursuit of Tea
Monday, November 12, 2001
||Way too many emails waiting for me when I got
Sunday, November 11, 2001
We opted not to go to a park today
but rather visit the birds at the Audubon
Center for Birds of Prey, for which Galahad is an adoptive parent.
Then, off to lunch at the
Animal Kingdom Lodge. We had been told that it's a great place to
stay but the prices were a little too high for my taste. So, we
enjoyed the facilities without having to pay much for them, only an
overpriced lunch. This really is a fabulous place. The animals
are taught to graze right near the scenic overlooks built into the hotel.
One of the guides there, a young Kenyan man, explained to us that all of
these animals were born into captivity. If it's true, then these
animals must be happier than where they were previously living --- in a
Saturday, November 10, 2001
EPCOT day. Serendipity! It's the
6th annual International Food & Wine Festival.
My blister & migraine are progressing along nicely. Luckily,
Galahad is in Seventh Heaven with his Disney experience!
Friday, November 9, 2001
Not as early of a start for the
Magic Kingdom. All of the tourists start out early. One hour
later, there is no line. We took the ferry over and met some English
We visited the
Swiss Family Treehouse. Then, off to the
Pirates of the Caribbean. I was still taking medication for my
migraine and trying to time the rides so as not to get sicker when the meds
were in full effect.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad kicked my ass! Vertigo was all over
me after that, but after a few gulps of water, I was feeling better. I
was terrified to conquer
Splash Mountain but felt that I should face my fears head on. We
FASTPASS® for that as it appeared to be a very popular ride. So
far, we had not waited in any lines longer than 20 minutes.
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. Yummy hamburger topping bar with a
plethora of choices.
I started to get a blister on my toe. And my head is still
Other than that, we had a marvelous time. Galahad especially loved
It's A Small World. <grin> And, I ooohhed & aaahhed about
the fireworks over
Thursday, November 8, 2001
||Galahad & I left for Orlando last night for his
super, Park-hopper spectacular, spectro-magical, illumination, adopted
raptor, Cirque du Soleil, perfect Happy Birthday weekend in circle vision.
Early start for
Animal Kingdom. The weather couldn't have been any better with a
note from Mother Nature.
However, I've been fighting a migraine since yesterday. Today, I
took lots of medication with me to the park. It turns out I needed it
all! Maybe the exotic flora & fauna contributed to my demise.
I especially liked the fruit bat exhibit. Fascinating creatures.
Dinosaur ride was lots of fun. We were warned that the
Kali River Rapids would get us soaked, but Galahad's good joss kept us
nice & dry. Everyone else in our raft was drenched.
Then, the late show of
Cirque du Soleil's
La Nouba, which was stupendous.
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Anniversary Hike Around Lake Okeechobee
The "Big O Hike" on the Florida National
Scenic Trail around Lake Okeechobee will begin November 17, at
South Bay Campground & RV Resort in Palm Beach County, Florida, and end
up nine days later on November 25 -- right back where it started.
Hiking around Lake Okeechobee atop the 35
foot high Herbert Hoover Dike can be done at one's own pace. Not everyone
has the time nor stamina to complete this nine-day 110-mile odyssey. It's up
to the individual to decide whether to hike a day, a weekend, or the full
People can join in any time. This hike is
not a backpacking ordeal. Gear is left behind in campgrounds or motels and
only day packs are needed. Daily hikes are held in the early part of the day
and afternoons are for relaxing or sightseeing. Dinners are usually enjoyed
at a variety of local restaurants and Thanksgiving Dinner is celebrated at
the historic Clewiston Inn.
The South Bay Campground & RV Park is
located in Palm Beach County, Florida, on the south east corner of Lake
Okeechobee. Routes 80/27 take you right to the campground. Everyone is
invited and there is no fee to participate.
For information, contact:
Hike Leader -
Sundra "Sunny" Piskura
or call (561) 439-4381
Hike Coordinator -
or call at (561)
Florida Trail Assoc. HQ - Gainesville, FL 1-800-343-1882
Satellite image of Lake Okeechobee
Tuesday, November 6, 2001
Tribute -- very slow to load up
and a funny one -
Taliban Phone Hell
Monday, November 5, 2001
National Park Entrance Fees to be Waived Over Veterans Day Weekend to
Inspire National Unity, Hope and Healing
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
Outdoors workshops for women scheduled for fall
Sunday, November 4, 2001
||We're all anxiously awaiting the fate of
Hurricane Michelle with bated breath. It looks like, at the minimum,
we will get hit by the outer bands, with winds between 39 - 56 mph. Do
I bring in the potted plants in case the wind launches them like missiles?
Or leave them out and let them get a good watering?
Today is also the
second anniversary of my mother's death. That feels kind of weird.
I'm not sure how I feel about it, which is the weird part.
Saturday, November 3, 2001
to space exploration
Friday, November 2, 2001
Great scary, spooky site
Thursday, November 1, 2001
Well, my chiropractor wasn't as pleased with my yoga
progress as I was. Apparently, I threw myself all out of alignment.
He did encourage me to continue but to go easier. Somehow, I never can
take the easy way --- I feel cheated.
Wednesday, October 31, 2001
I went to my second yoga
class last night. I'm feeling better about it and I'm not as sore as I
was last week.
Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Monday, October 29, 2001
Sunday, October 28, 2001
of Sexist Advertising
Saturday, October 27, 2001
||We stayed out way too late last night. I'm
completely used to my eight hours of sleep and got only 7. That messed
me all up. After a few hours of lounging in bed watching cartoons, I
mustered the energy to go outside. And, what a gorgeous day! The
temperature dropped down to the 70's, and the wind kicked up nicely.
Around 2-ish, Galahad & I decided to go to
Morikami park. We had been meaning to go for years now. Wow!
We loved it but ended up rushed since they close at 5pm.
On the way home, we dropped by my brother's house to network his
computers together. It was my first experience with a Linksys router
and with Windows XP. This was trickier than I expected.
Fortunately, we got his Internet connectivity up but were unable to sustain
shared folder & printer connectivity.
Friday, October 26, 2001
||We went to Gigi's
at Mizner Park for dinner tonight. We were meeting up with friends,
otherwise we never would have gone here. It's very much the social
who's being seen with whom and wearing what scene. Anyway, I was
extremely entertained and very happy that I don't care about this scene
Galahad ran into an old friend of his. Hopefully, they'll
stay in better touch this time.
Thursday, October 25, 2001
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
||I went to a beginner's yoga class last night
with a friend. Man, that kicked my ass! I am so sore today, but
a good sore. Who knew I had all of these muscles in all of these
Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Monday, October 22, 2001
book to combat illiteracy
Whooping crane migration led by ultra-light aircraft from Wisconsin to
Sunday, October 21, 2001
You got a friend in me
Built By Wendy clothes
Past Life Analysis
Saturday, October 20, 2001
||Galahad & I went to a fruit tree sale.
While we were trying to decide which of the three (if any) coconut palm
trees to buy, some man came by and took two. Of course that decided it
for us. As soon as I picked myself off of the ground from laughing so
hard, we took the little one who was left. I named her Mei-Lin.
Afterwards, on or way home we passed by a grand opening for a sushi
buffet. Normally, I don't care for those, but I was starving.
Plus, I figured they would have their best quality fish to make a good
impression. We ate soooo much. Yummy!
Friday, October 19, 2001
Women of America
Thursday, October 18, 2001
||Make your own greeting cards
sex education site for teens
blood alcohol content calculator
Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
||Still have a MIGRAINE!!!!!!!
Monday, October 15, 2001
Jen's World Adventure
Sunday, October 14, 2001
||I've been fighting a horrible migraine all
weekend. There are little empty Imitrex wrappers all over the house.
Galahad keeps discovering them in the oddest places. Usually, when I
grab one, I need to distract myself until it kicks in.
We went to the Everglades in the afternoon. Galahad wanted to go on
a canoe trip, but I wasn't quiet up for it, either mentally or physically.
The gators really freak me out.
The water level is finally near normal. It was so high that we saw
only one large gator and two babies. The rest must have made
their way back to deeper parts. Mostly, we saw some cool birds and
turtles. Fortunately, it's not grasshopper season anymore. We
saw only 3. Those freak me out worse than the gators, I think.
Here's a photo, taken by a great nature photographer whose name escapes me
right now. (If you're him, I meant to give you credit.)
By the way, depending on your display settings, these are actual size.
They're very large! Last time, they covered the ground and were
hopping all over like a plague of locusts. They also come in bright
Saturday, October 13, 2001
Write the Troops
Friday, October 12, 2001
license agreement restricts freedom of speech
The Lipstick Page
Thursday, October 11, 2001
||Well, it's been a month since this horrible new
world started. It's gotten so many people closer together and more
appreciative of what we have. However, the flip side of that is that
it takes the fear of loss to make one appreciative of what one has or had.
It really sucks to live in a fearful state at least once a day. I'm
not terrified, but I'm a lot more suspicious and paranoid now, especially
with this whole anthrax exposure so close by.
by the CDC
Wednesday, October 10, 2001
||I'm really excited to find out that we have a
sushi restaurant in South Beach now. However, I am a little
nervous that my checkbook is not large enough to cover my habit. My
only saving grace is that it's about 45 minutes away, and you all know how
much I hate to drive, especially when I'm hungry.
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
Restaurant Reference List!
Monday, October 8, 2001
Restaurant Relief Fund - Windows of Hope
Sunday, October 7, 2001
Red Cross: Prepare for the Unexpected
Saturday, October 6, 2001
How Stuff Works
Visual Quantum Mechanics
Folding@Home - helping to map the genome
Periodic Table of the Elements
rediscovered in Egypt
Friday, October 5, 2001
||All About the Florida Panther
Habitat & Highways Campaign
Official education site
Thursday, October 4, 2001
bin Laden's Butt
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
Notified of an Emergency by Email
Kill Osama Bin Laden
America attacks terrorism with
Tuesday, October 2, 2001
scary new type of computer virus
South Florida now on alert for West Nile Virus
Monday, October 1, 2001
preparedness for your pets
sunday, september 30, 2001
saturday, september 29, 2001
friday, september 28, 2001
Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule
thursday, september 27, 2001
wednesday, september 26, 2001
1926 & 1928 Hurricane
Hurricane of 1928
The wrong they could not bury
tuesday, september 25, 2001
Off the WTC Topic
monday, september 24, 2001
||my first day of new class. I'm still not
sure if I like my instructor or not. I'm reserving judgment.
Some of the students also leave something to be desired. I'm quite the
Negative Nancy today, huh? it must be the migraine I've had for days
sunday, september 23, 2001
Vermont Teddy Bear for free to send to families of victims.
Commemorative Rubber Stamp
saturday, september 22, 2001
||well, we made it to today. so far, all is
quite. hopefully that means that our Intelligence has thwarted
whatever heinous acts were planned for 9/22.
one of the
architects of the WTC
Breaking the cycle
friday, september 21, 2001
||Denial is a good tourniquet for today's pain.
song: 'Miles To Go'
thursday, september 20, 2001
wednesday, september 19, 2001
a 911 call to god
tuesday, september 18, 2001
||don't everyday activities feel trivial?
constantly adding new sites to those mentioned below, such as charities,
september 17, 2001
||I haven't felt like posting these past few days.
I haven't really felt like doing much of anything these past few days.
I have always been the "sensitive" one in my family. Lately, it's all
been too much for me. And then, I feel guilty about being sad because
I didn't personally know anyone who died in these attacks. But, I have
been watching and reading about all of their stories. And, I've been
crying along with them all.
It seems that the U.S. is in a chess game for
our lives. Every move we make right now has to be thought out to the
end of the game. And, there doesn't appear to be any right answers.
To me, the most obvious answer is to help them to help themselves,
If we help the Afghani rebels overthrow Usama bin Laden and the Taliban,
then are we back to where we were 20 years ago when we helped bin Laden do
the same to the Russians? Did we just piss off or mortally offend some
other extremist in the process?
Poem "We Evacuate"
september 16, 2001
Charities Review Council
American Institute of Philanthropy
- charity watchdog group
of Fire Fighters
TechTV assisting the Red Cross
New York State World
Trade Center Relief Fund
Animal Disaster Relief Fund
saturday, september 15, 2001
||Weird stuff &
on Google and
Yahoo Message board
Devil and/or God in the smoke &
Jerry Falwell funny
message to hijackers on Internet?
september 14, 2001
Article by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
Map of the area
The martyr strategy
Nostradamus website (no I don't believe in all of it, but it is
interesting anyway. His writings have been misinterpreted quite a bit.
Many people twist them to mean what they want.)
Another Nostradamus site
'Beneath the veil'
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
under the Taliban (not sure how credible a source this is...)
thursday, september 13, 2001
||Tributes to the victims...
thank you &
tragedy is felt by the world
Video Quilt Project
Add your message to
an E-Book Tribute
wednesday, september 12, 2001
||here are some sites for info:
Timeline of events
Find people you know / Let
others know you are safe
Tuesday, September 11,
horrible. My heart and thoughts go out to everyone touched by this
monday, september 10, 2001
||starting to get a migraine. :-(
supposedly there is a front and a tropical storm moving in.
september 9, 2001
Band of Brothers
on HBO, about WW II. How or why do we have these horrific wars?
saturday, september 8, 2001
||Do we have a
Skunk Ape in the Everglades?
september 7, 2001
||well, it's been a couple of weeks since I
re-formatted my laptop. I guess it's time again...
thursday, september 6, 2001
wednesday, september 5, 2001
||I browsed the shelves of
Levenger's --- I love that
store. I wish they would lower some (or most) of their prices, though.
tuesday, september 4, 2001
MOFRO says Stop Land Rape
september 3, 2001
||here's a silly
game for all you
weakest link fans.
september 2, 2001
||lucky for us it's a three day weekend.
Galahad got worse, but I got better. Good thing since one of us needed
to be relatively healthy to take care of the other one. I didn't mind
doing it one bit, but boy was it exhausting. How do people do this all
the time? How does he take care of me so much when I'm migrainous?
saturday, september 1, 2001
||Still not feeling so good. I woke up at
7am, took an Imitrex, choked on it, and went back to sleep for a while.
Galahad seems to be fighting a flu. We tried to run some errands but
both of our conditions deteriorated throughout the day. We barely made
it up to bed by 6pm. I think I caught his flu. I went to take a
vitamin C and choked on it somehow. I've taken hundreds of thousands
of pills, easily, in my lifetime. Today, I had trouble two different
times. What's wrong with me?
We watched Anime all night while
drifting in & out of consciousness.
august 31, 2001
||TGIF, big time! My aching lid!
Migraine time again. I got it yesterday, took some med's, and woke up
in pain again. Sucks to be me today. And, I have a busy day
ahead of me.
thursday, august 30, 2001
How to Avoid a Shark Attack
"If you do find yourself in a shark's
jaws, the best thing to do is kick, punch or try to jab the shark in the
eyes or gills," George H. Burgess, director of the International Shark
Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville said.
"Sharks respect size and power. Whether that is kicking or beating on the
animal, those are things the shark understands and respects."
wednesday, august 29, 2001
||here's a website that lets you look up all kinds
of useless trivia about our 50 states.
tuesday, august 28, 2001
||I had quite the ordeal with
Sprint PCS again today. I
went in to get my phone diagnosed. Two f*cking hours for them to tell
me it's fine. if it were fine, I wouldn't have been in there.
and, of course, the signal strength was fabulous in the store. they
kept looking at me like I am crazy. I raised my voice a few times and
noticed very loudly that everyone else in the store looked unhappy to be
there. I would imagine that if their phones worked properly, they
would not look so angry.
they opened up a "trouble" ticket. and, I
might hear back within a business week, or I might not. how did they
get so big? how can they stay in business? why did my company
pick them as a national vendor? why am I asking you all of this?
august 27, 2001
||for those of you getting that email about the
colored bread twisters denoting freshness, here's the full
august 26, 2001
Madonna's concert on HBO tonight. I'm not as impressed as I could
have been on the actual songs; however, the stage show was 10 times better
than a Broadway show! Plus, she looks amazing.
saturday, august 25, 2001
||here are two links that might help to clear up
some of the rumors circulating about jane fonda & the vietnam war.
Link 1 &
august 24, 2001
||it was so wonderful to sleep in my own bed last
night! I'm still recuperating from my week of extraversion.
the 9 year anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.
thursday, august 23, 2001
||last day --- yippee!!! I'm almost
delirious from lack of sleep and exertion of being social.
last night, I
persuaded my group to dine with me at
Mark's in South Beach.
I have not laughed so hard in quite a while. if you've never eaten
there, it's pretty high-falutin'. the menu can be tricky to decipher
at times, but the food is exquisite. anyway, it must have been just
too much for someone who's not used to that. thank goodness it wasn't
crowded, and thankfully, I didn't know anyone there.
one of my colleagues actually brought back a menu to show his friends &
family at home, so that they could get a good laugh, too, at the intricacies
of the food selection.
wednesday, august 22, 2001
||we went for dinner at a yummy
night --- sushi, of course, and Thai food. my group has some very
traditional diners in it who are a little hard to please at times.
even more tired today, even though I didn't go out after dinner last night
like so many others. I keep going to sleep at my regular time and
waking up 90 minutes earlier. it's starting to wear on me.
I'm actually presenting some of the information at this conference, which
is very challenging for me as well, given my inherent introversion.
fortunately, my whole department has some of that going on, so my manager
took that into consideration when planning this. my role has not been
too problematic socially, but I did have a few instances of panic
tuesday, august 21, 2001
||I'm down in Miami beach at a conference.
our hotel is absolutely
amazing, but I miss my Galahad. Plus, I'm exhausted. getting up
at 6:30am is extremely challenging for me.
august 20, 2001
||I'm chilling in my new leather Executive office
chair, purchased at Costco yesterday.
august 19, 2001
||went to my brother's house to celebrate his
girl's, Alex Bach, rise on the MP3.com charts to #3. Check it out
saturday, august 18, 2001
||another long lazy summer day, lounging by the
august 17, 2001
||I've been so busy doing other people's webs that
I haven't spent much time on mine. here's another one that I'm working
here's a cute little
I tested my DSL connection on two different sites and got completely
different results. one is
and the other is cnet.com
thursday, august 16, 2001
||I'm trying my hand at web design for someone
else. Here are the two sites, although they are constantly being
changed, so be forewarned.
Site 1 and
wednesday, august 15, 2001
||last night we finally got to eat our pineapple
that we had been growing for 2 years! Six bites of delicious sweetness
--- it never grew past the size of a softball.
How to Grow Pineapple
tuesday, august 14, 2001
||still working on those websites -- kind of slow
at work for me, can you tell? I'm learning all kinds of new formatting
techniques but still nothing like the professionals. Ah, well, it's
better than a poke in my eye.
august 13, 2001
||I am sooo tired. I stayed up way too late
last night reading & watching a movie. I always know it's a bad idea,
but somehow that doesn't stop me.
I started playing around, designing some
friends' websites. it's kind of fun for me but also kind of tricky --
in that I'm doing it before I get too much input from them.
sunday, august 12, 2001
|I'm trying a new format for my Weblog.
let me know what you think.