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Born. Eat. Shag. Die.

2005 in twenty-four words, a Mayfly Project Ectopic pregnancy: pain Local fame, peer-pressured family into blogging Instant sex appeal without...
31 DEC
2005

Navel Gazing

Today also marks the one year anniversary of my using Proper Adult Capitalization on this here blog thing. Fascinating, I...
30 DEC
2005

Year Number Five

Rushing between classes, I sat perched on his desk chair in his dorm room writing him a note while he...
30 DEC
2005

Evil Valette

I must have an evil twin in town, because four separate individuals have mistaken me for "someone else" in the...
29 DEC
2005

Best "Your Spouse Will Not Get This" Christmas Gift Of All Time

I thought my mom would faint My dad mixed all this paint The chicken coop was weathered bad And...
28 DEC
2005

The Squeaking!

Why yes, Lacey loved opening her gifts Christmas morning, thank you for asking. The toys were promptly shredded, and then...
28 DEC
2005

Yay for Moms

The search and rescue mission started out with noble intentions. There were gong-ho attitudes all around of completing the mission...
27 DEC
2005

That Christmas Feeling

Our Christmas Eve was spent half at the laundromat (because the new washer didn't work [who installs a washer and...
24 DEC
2005

Building an Argument

My favorite part about the Celtic wedding by torchlight Wednesday night and it's corresponding party Thursday night is not the...
23 DEC
2005

Murphy's Law of Sushi

The moment one lets another human being know that one makes sushi, loves to make sushi, loves to eat home...
22 DEC
2005

Exchange of Vows

The wedding last night was wonderful. It was very small, included just family and a few select friends caravaned by...
22 DEC
2005

Avoidance

I've found the best way to tackle an overwhelming To-Do list when there is only one coworker and one volunteer...
21 DEC
2005

Bad Idea

Can we all just agree that, while editing any HTML files in Word is not the Best Idea Ever even...
20 DEC
2005

Why Is Valette So Busy?

Valette is busy because it's the week before Christmas and people in our community are freezing and hungry with freezing...
20 DEC
2005

Sugar Blessings

Chocolate peanut butter balls. Cupcakes with sprinkles. Chocolate dipped brandy snaps. Snowflake roll-out cookies. Toffee bars. Rum balls. The weekend...
20 DEC
2005

Public Service Announcement

To the entire McLay and Ragland families (Do any of his family read this site? If so, why haven't you...
18 DEC
2005

Choral Karaoke

I just got back from a Sing-It-Yourself Messiah. It's kinda like karaoke, but with middle-aged conservatives who know how to...
17 DEC
2005

Betty Crocker's Altar

The staff is to bring fattening, sugary goodies to work on Monday in appreciation of our volunteer Board of Directors....
14 DEC
2005

Lose It

This whole losing weight thing is highly recommended. Figure A: Weight over time. Δy = 20lb, Δt = 6mo A+++++++...
12 DEC
2005

Not worthy

Hey, did you hear that Richard Pryor died yesterday? Who's that? Who's that!? Only perhaps the funniest black stand-up comedian...
11 DEC
2005

Squeegie Calendar

While I was in Anchorage and Homer at the beginning of November, Curt went on and on AND ON about...
09 DEC
2005

Bad Cold

You know it's a bad cold when you wake to your alarm and find that you have successfully held on...
09 DEC
2005

Fairy Wonderland

The Laryngitis Fairy seems to be becoming downsized by the Sinus Infection Fairy. Which is cool; the Sinus Infection Fairy...
08 DEC
2005

Condolences

I demand that you go give Steve-o some birthday spankings. Did you know that he used to be on Jackass??...
08 DEC
2005

Clarification

Just wanted to let everyone publically know that I Well, not really with the kissing. But a hug? Sure, a...
07 DEC
2005

Recommendations

I wouldn't recommend going to work despite feeling icky. I really wouldn't recommend getting sick during really super busy weeks...
06 DEC
2005

Lost Voice

if I looking for voice him name is hopkin green voice I lost my voice Love, Valette P.S. I'll find...
06 DEC
2005

Warmth or Photos

It's sunny outside and looks to be the perfect day for a walk with the dog and the camera. Except...
03 DEC
2005

Scammed

I need to stop telling supervisors that I have a friend who, until recently, worked for Intuit and just might...
02 DEC
2005

How to Learn Linux by Gunpoint

Just over a year ago I knew only the basics of working with a command line, all learned when working...
01 DEC
2005

Toasted to Perfection

Dear Quizno's Guy Who Made My Sandwich, Sorry I missed the irony when you said it looks like I was...
30 NOV
2005

Lunch Hour

I was so tired this morning that I dared not sit on the couch during the five spare minutes between...
29 NOV
2005

New Apartment

Hey! I put pictures of the new apartment up on Flickr! With notes!...
28 NOV
2005

Moved

You know how much fun moving during a snowstorm on Thanksgiving can be? Just about as much fun as you...
26 NOV
2005

It's Over

The last newsletter has left the building. I repeat, the last newsletter has left the building. Now I'm going to...
23 NOV
2005

Return of the Angry Germans

You know the day is off to a bad start when you need to listen to some angry German music...
22 NOV
2005

The Moving

After getting locked out of our new place, we did manage to get the right keys from the landlord and...
22 NOV
2005

One Didn't Think

One would have thought the landlord would have tried the duplicated keys before handing them over to insure he made...
21 NOV
2005

Homer High Class of 1999

If you were a part of the Homer High School class of 1999, please go check out our virtual reunion...
19 NOV
2005

Advanced Obedience

Commands The Dog Does Not Know Yet I Am Adamant To Continue Using During The Packing And Moving ProcessNo playing...
18 NOV
2005

Nauyans Lose to Armed Peacekeepers

Wins: 0 Losses: 1 Ties: 0 Fifths: 7 The Nauyans opened their BHL season last night against the Peacekeeprs. The...
17 NOV
2005

Cardboard Shortage

Either gremlins have eaten a ton of our flattened-and-saved cardboard boxes (yes, we save them: a habit held over from...
15 NOV
2005

Green Corduroy

For anyone who was thinking about trying it, I wanted to let you know that Windex does not, I repeat,...
14 NOV
2005

All the Heavens Rejoice

After a horridly depressing night, we found a great place that is bigger and better than the place we are...
12 NOV
2005

Overwhelmed and Underfunded

Am feeling quite discouraged about this whole apartment shopping business. After poking around a few of them and having numerous...
11 NOV
2005

Atlas Droned On and On

Dear Ayn Rand, A 55-page monologue does not a literary climax make. Love, Valette...
11 NOV
2005

Reasons #276-283

There are at least seven reasons to not leave one's camera at one's brother's house unattended. The candy photos make...
10 NOV
2005

Nauyans

The Nanwalek Nauyans are excited to be starting off this year's BHL season by going face-to-fist with newcomers The Peacekeepers...
08 NOV
2005

Bye bye, Love

I hate getting back to work and knowing that someone was on my computer and borked some stuff up. But...
08 NOV
2005

Better than sex

Better than sex cake ! 1 c Br sugar 24 c evap milk (Ed. -- Could be 14 cups, but...
07 NOV
2005

Fudge Delish

Fudge Delish! 2½ sq. bitter chocolate 1 c lt. cream or milk 2½ c. sugar 2 tbsp lt. corn syrup...
06 NOV
2005

Communist Attack

Banana Rhubarb Pielets 1 3-ounce package strawberry flavor gelatin ¾ cup boiling water 5 cups (1½ pounds) fresh rhubarb ½...
05 NOV
2005

Joe Froggers

Brenda may have ½ glass milk before bed. There are cookies in jar and more in basement. Also grape jce....
04 NOV
2005

Auto Pilot

I am headed to Anchorage this morning to goof off with Damon and Curt, not to mention seeing just about...
04 NOV
2005

Recipe Book Poem

Sardined Smelt 6 lb. cleaned smelt 2 cups Bar-B-que sauce ¾ cups Mazola oil 2 tsp salt Pack fish into...
02 NOV
2005

Chicken Cacciatore

Is it still chicken cacciatore if I substitute chicken broth for the white wine or sherry? Is it still chicken...
01 NOV
2005

Georgianne's Recipes

I've got a photo series scheduled for the next ten days or so over on my photolog about Georgianne Fitzgerald,...
01 NOV
2005

Thirty Days

B and I gave 30 days notice last night that we will be moving out of our apartment. You would...
01 NOV
2005

Her Shoes

A story on In Her Shoes, the book, and why I probably will not see the movie despite Cameron Diaz...
28 OCT
2005

Open Letter

Dear People Who Wish To Chat Me Up: Do not make me do all of the work. In fact, do...
27 OCT
2005

Bugs

It's like bugs, people. Bugs crawling, oozing, wiggling across my eyeball. Bugs ON my EYE....
27 OCT
2005

Naked

I am severely near-sighted. Without my glasses, my hand needs to be within six inches of my face before I...
26 OCT
2005

The Word is Mightier Than the Eye

I don't think I have mentioned my creepy eye thing here. I have a creepy eye thing. It's not that...
25 OCT
2005

Oh Noes

Any advice on how to get Revlon Raisin Rage nail enamel out of Gap Old Stone colored Double Button Trouser...
23 OCT
2005

Torn

Whenever a recipe says to "tear [chicken] into bite-sized pieces," I get a mental flash of a conservative housewife in...
23 OCT
2005

Quyana

Fairbanks is hosting this year's Alaska Federation of Natives conference this weekend, and I'm finding myself wanting desperately to grab...
21 OCT
2005

iPod use #327

In a quiet corner of the office, an eBayer possessed, I measured my hips with my ipod earphones and a...
20 OCT
2005

Billie

As I waited for the waiter to bring my to-go box, he walked into the restaurant with confidence and purpose....
20 OCT
2005

BHL

I think everyone likes hockey, even if they must keep it a secret. Who wouldn't like hockey men, anyway? I...
19 OCT
2005

Stream of Consciousness As Movie Reviews To Avoid The Slacking Content

Transporter 2: I refused to see this without seeing the first one. I'm funny that way, apparently, because B can...
18 OCT
2005

A Headline

Brandon Duncan, 22 months, of Fairbanks died on impact after his mother's pickup truck smashed into a utility pole on...
16 OCT
2005

God bless the easily amused

Said to me by a coworker while troubleshooting why an intranet application ceased working: "I really don't envy your job;...
14 OCT
2005

MyMonthlyCycles

It is physically impossible for me to recommend MyMonthlyCycles too much. This is the most complete, feature-rich online tracking service...
12 OCT
2005

Oompa-lusion

I'm pretty sure Rob Thomas' I Am An Illusion has Oompa Loompas (from the Johnny Depp remake, not the original)...
11 OCT
2005

No Touching

If you had been at a new job for only a few weeks and, while poking around in the basement,...
11 OCT
2005

The Stars Are Not In Alignment

Someone broke into the apartment directly above mine this weekend, tore the door completely off its hinges. The main door...
10 OCT
2005

Go Fight Win

In a football match this afternoon between Homer High Mariners and Ben Eielson High Ravens, there hung a spirit sign...
08 OCT
2005

No excuses

I cannot seem to get any of these thousands of newsletters out of the building, or even out of my...
06 OCT
2005

Weepy

Am feeling a bit weepy this morning. No, this week. Maybe it has to do with my Womanly Cycle of...
05 OCT
2005

And Be Cleansed

A few confessions: I left the scrubber in the bottom of the five gallon bucket I filled with dirty fish...
04 OCT
2005

Bastardized

More bastardizations of my first name (as heard over the telephone just this morning):LynnetteWaletteCelesteAllan...
03 OCT
2005

A Prophecy

I was touched by His Noodly Appendage last night in a prophetic dream. Pastafarians will be persecuted more as the...
01 OCT
2005

pr0n OB/GYN

I just got a medical bill in the mail, and under "Explanation of Activity" is listed:POS: 3 OFFICE VISIT, EST,...
30 SEP
2005

Boobie-Thon

Submissions are open for this year's Boobie-Thon, and the photo page should open tomorrow. Please consider participating with your beautiful...
30 SEP
2005

Like a Record

You spin me right round, baby / Right round like a record, baby / Right round round round How often,...
29 SEP
2005

Snow Haiku

snowflakes are falling right at this very second they are not sticking...
28 SEP
2005

I'm Feeling Hysterical

Before I left work yesterday I tried to stop thinking about the newsletter snafu and went about updating two computers'...
28 SEP
2005

Praise and Condemnation

As the editor of our organization's bi-monthly (cough) newsletter, I cannot sing the wonders of Flickr and their Creative Commons...
27 SEP
2005

Snowballed

Note to Self: It is a great idea to ask questions during staff meetings, especially clarification questions. You just might...
26 SEP
2005

Setting: Bathroom

My husband just threw a wet bar of soap at me. A bar of soap that I got from the...
23 SEP
2005

Doing Something

I spent last night with a giant need to Do Something. Preferably something to honor my sister's memory (meaning something...
23 SEP
2005

Three Years

Dear Melissa, It has been three years since your accident, over one thousand days since I have seen your smile...
22 SEP
2005

A Story About John

I've told you stories about other siblings as they became pressured into blogging. Now is time for a story about...
21 SEP
2005

Six Easy Steps

This day just gets better and better! Everyone watch Valette's stress meter peak!...
20 SEP
2005

The Reason for Grumpiness

I am grumpy this morning because I had to wake up much earlier than deemed healthy so that my husband...
20 SEP
2005

Waiting to Fall

I have a mix CD that I made up for the Metafilter swap that keeps getting postponed. Like the last...
19 SEP
2005

Expectations

April 7, 1995 Dear Valette, When you get this letter, I expect that you have been through High School (with...
17 SEP
2005

A Toast

The policeman looked to the sky for inspiration, coughed to clear his throat."A good woman," he said, "is like a...
16 SEP
2005

You know, that thing

Do some people really believe that everyone around them is following along with their own internal monologue? Either you know...
15 SEP
2005

The Valette

To make up for the broken internet yesterday, I spent a ton of time going through the photos I took...
13 SEP
2005

Unmentionables

At my mother's birthday party: Sister-In-Law 1: Did you read about the Importance of Wearing Underwear? That email I sent?...
11 SEP
2005

Over the Shoulder

If you or a loved one wears a boulder-holder (aka tit-slinger, aka brassiere) for any business / recreational / everyday...
10 SEP
2005

Frankenknee

While I was in Homer I got to see my father in the hospital. He had just had surgery, where...
09 SEP
2005

Oh, The Trouble We Made

Life-Sized, Posable Thats My Blog!™ Action Figure! Two For $300! With A Free Set Of Ginsu Knives! For A Limited...
08 SEP
2005

Hello Dolly

I just got back from a long trip to my homeland for my mother's surprise 60th birthday party. Which should...
07 SEP
2005

Another One Down

One more family memeber to add to the list of Infected By Blogging. The internet is no longer safe; look...
05 SEP
2005

Much Nicer, Thanks

I'm getting more spam with the new Movable Type 3.2 than I ever had with 3.16 and the SpamLookup plugin....
03 SEP
2005

Not Blogging

I've been berated for not blogging enough, especially now that my entire family is blogging. But do you really want...
02 SEP
2005

Hold the Spam

Ugh. I've had a flood of comment spam that the new MT 3.2 anti-spam features just yawned at and turned...
01 SEP
2005

The Reckoning

I had to scrape the frost from my windshield this morning. I really shouldn't complain; at least I don't have...
01 SEP
2005

Oh Golly a Meme

Five Blogs You Probably Don't Read But Really Should. A Blog Day Meme. Knotty YarnCompleting the SquateDecisive MomentsBurnt Into MemoryMilo's...
31 AUG
2005

Sabotage

Perhaps I should break my website again so I have something to talk about. Instead of sabotaging Perl today, I...
30 AUG
2005

Birthday Love

Also I was apparently too busy being a Bad Daughter yesterday to publicly wish my mother a happy birthday, even...
29 AUG
2005

The Boys Are Back

MT 3.2 is now good to go. I can resume with updating only every three days. By way of apology,...
29 AUG
2005

Manual Stimulation

Yay for updates by hand! Yep, everything over here is still schnockered. I have a fresh install with a squeaky...
27 AUG
2005

Motorcycle vs. Taxi

My father was in a motorcycle accident tonight. He's okay, even though he wasn't wearing a helmet. He was hit...
26 AUG
2005

Old Skool

"She sure is making a lot of updates now that everything is FUBAR," I can hear you thinking. Yeah, well....
26 AUG
2005

Borked

My installation is still Borked. No new photos, no new fragments, no new posts, no Valette entertainment. You will have...
26 AUG
2005

Rebuild Errors

I upgraded to Movable Type 3.2 and now there are some rebuild errors, which you will notice if you try...
25 AUG
2005

Bed Rest

I made BLTs last night and thought of Heidi. I've told a story about my brother Marty, who is new...
25 AUG
2005

Wannabes

Everyone wants to be like me....
23 AUG
2005

Smoke, smoke go away

This summer has been one long forest fire season, and I am sick of it. Today is the first day...
22 AUG
2005

Attention

Attention People Of the World: Please do not talk to me animatedly, or at all, for that matter, before 8.30a....
22 AUG
2005

All In the Family

Okay, another sister-in-law is blogging. She didn't even tell me, I had to hear about it from Lady Bossco. Now...
19 AUG
2005

Dream of Sheep

L@@K!!!1! My Dream Journal has new duds! And bling! The archives are more helpful, as they look like the archives...
19 AUG
2005

Prudhoe Man

If you haven't already, go take a look at my brother's new blog. This is a different brother than the...
19 AUG
2005

Thirty Five

It was 35°F this morning. 38°F as of 7am, my site tells me. Not quite freezing. But it most likely...
19 AUG
2005

I may be fat, but I'm slow

I put on my helmet while he wound an ace bandage around his ankle. We had never ridden together, nor...
16 AUG
2005

Meme Tag

I have been tagged twice (header graphic may be NSFW due to excessive crack) for a meme. Since I have...
15 AUG
2005

Gaming Heart

I'm not ashamed to say that every gaming system other than the original Nintendo and the Super Nintendo has scared...
11 AUG
2005

Disappointed

Dear Internet, You have severely disappointed me. A picture of boobs, MY boobs no less, have been on my website...
10 AUG
2005

Blogging Boobs

True to my word, I got an I'm Blogging This tank top. And here, for all the internet to see,...
09 AUG
2005

The Spinning

It has come to my attention that, in this 24th year of my life, I am physically incapable of enjoying...
09 AUG
2005

JIM sucks

One More Grey Hair to Pluck Super-Sized Birthday Deluxe Make Him Proud, Say it Loud JIM Sucks!...
08 AUG
2005

XP Resolutions and Profiles

B and I each have separate profiles on our XP machine at home. Every time he changes the resolution in...
07 AUG
2005

Self-Service is for Heathans

I went garage saleing by myself this morning because Beth bailed on me and B was worried about the strain...
06 AUG
2005

Tornado

Tornado hits Sand Point, Alaska. What kind of craziness is this!? Alaska does not get twisters of any kind. The...
05 AUG
2005

Depleted

I have this weird tendency to use things until they are 95% depleted and then never touch them again. I...
04 AUG
2005

I can't make this stuff up

Overheard in prayer: "Lord, just apply your Holy BenGay to her back."...
03 AUG
2005

They do that

An older man that may or may not have some Alaskan Native heritage at the restaurant last night: "She may...
02 AUG
2005

Click Me Sideways

I don't know what the deal is, but my FireFox is letting me down. I'm not angry, just... dissapointed. It...
01 AUG
2005

Rockin' World

Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin' world go 'round. I'm just sayin'....
31 JUL
2005

Second class second hand

I got another bike. It's not a new bike, not new by far, and it in no way replaces the...
28 JUL
2005

Crash Course

I'm sitting* in a bookkeeping crash course, something I never liked. Numbers, I like. Numbers are nice and concrete-sequential, just...
27 JUL
2005

Scout Jamboree

Alaskan boy scout leaders were electrocuted in a horrific accident yesterday, and all I can think of is a joke...
26 JUL
2005

My Office

Inspired by Laura, this is a picture of my office first thing Monday morning. With notes! So click on...
25 JUL
2005

Only in my dreams

There was a time where I dreamed about her very often. At first she was the main focus of a...
24 JUL
2005

Stolen Smack

I just discovered that my bicycle was stolen last night. It was definitely there at 8pm, and definitely not there...
23 JUL
2005

Follow up

I just finished my last follow-up visit with my OB/GYN (I have my own OB/GYN! How adult is that!) regarding...
21 JUL
2005

A moment

Sitting at a stop light on my lunch hour a man on a riding lawn mower pulls up on my...
19 JUL
2005

More ways to have it

Hey look! The archives should be a bit more helpful! The yearly archive pages list each entry by their title....
18 JUL
2005

Evidence of Being a Girl

I've never been accused of being a girly girl. I am definitely girlier than most of my family (most, not...
18 JUL
2005

I blog everything

Karen at the coffee shop pretending to be Valette writing a blog entry: "So I went to the coffee shop...
13 JUL
2005

Almost Famous

Look, Mom! My cleavage made the front page of the newspaper! A reporter came to my apartment Saturday afternoon...
11 JUL
2005

Kinetic Energy

Considering the possibility of the mess, the kinetic energy of the mess one could say, I am surprised it wasn't...
09 JUL
2005

Needed to Go

Last night the sun was shining, the weather was slightly uncomfortably warm (nearing the 70s, in other words), the lasagna...
08 JUL
2005

Of Grief and Men

One of the things I did this past weekend was poke around in my weblog archives, somewhat because I realized...
06 JUL
2005

New denim purse

Right, the purse. Made from a pair of jeans I bought at a garage sale last summer but hated that...
05 JUL
2005

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Why yes, I did actually scrub my bathtub this weekend. Nothing screams God Bless America! like a sparkly clean bathroom....
05 JUL
2005

Peek Inside

Yes, I really have nothing better to do than play with silly memes. If you really must know what each...
03 JUL
2005

Do not ask

Think globally. Act locally. Pee on a plant. You do not want to know....
02 JUL
2005

The horror

Today was filled combating a crapload of viruses that made their way onto our office server. Yes, the same server...
01 JUL
2005

Dream imagery

I'm a visual person. I learn faster if I have something to look at, be it lecture notes written on...
30 JUN
2005

Armpit Perfume

I was out of armpit perfume this morning. Going without was not an option as Alaskans sweat like pigs when...
29 JUN
2005

7.75

I went on a very long bicycle ride last night, just me and my closest 4000 MP3s. I've been trying...
27 JUN
2005

Dood

Do people really use the word posse in a non-ironic way? How about the word yo? Homie? Hipster? I have...
25 JUN
2005

Puppies!

It's this commercial about something dog-related. Medication. Food, maybe. It doesn't really matter. What does matter is that the commercial...
24 JUN
2005

Lowering my Stress

Five things that I do because I enjoy doing them, a meme from Sweet Surprise:Planting flowers and puttering in a...
23 JUN
2005

Buddy

The saddest thing. Beaker's people came for him tonight. His name is Buddy, apparently. They live in the neighborhood. The...
22 JUN
2005

Solstice Food

Alaska isn't called the land of the midnight sun for no reason. Near the solstice Fairbanks gets around 21 hours...
22 JUN
2005

Toldja

This week we have learned that: N(A+C)+L=ST Where: N is Not listening to your IT A is Avoiding making backups...
21 JUN
2005

The Beakster

The signs went up Saturday afternoon. I reported him to the animal shelter. I sent an email to Tradio, the...
20 JUN
2005

Found Dog

As expected, I got little sleep. He happened to fall asleep in Lacey's spot, and she couldn't figure out why...
18 JUN
2005

Stray Chihuahua

I've had a super-full day followed by a full evening and now what looks like will probably be a super-full...
18 JUN
2005

Busy

I have been so busy at work that I just now got time to take off my sandals. I think...
17 JUN
2005

Volunteers

There is a group of 30 teens and college-age people from Ohio here for a week to volunteer for my...
16 JUN
2005

Private Show

A woman (presumably from next door) just walked down the driveway between our two buildings, stopped perpendicular to my window,...
14 JUN
2005

Never felt that one before

I think working out in the morning, just after I wake, works a whole different set of muscles than when...
14 JUN
2005

Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children

Drug-induced ultra violent hilarity. The latest from Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children. My original post on the comics is still...
13 JUN
2005

Car Graveyard

Last time I had gone to Homer, I treated you with a photo gallery of my mother's house. Fowers, angels,...
13 JUN
2005

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Do the rich and spoiled keep receipts of purchased items? Do they ever get home and realize their red Blahnik...
13 JUN
2005

Back Again

I rode my bike. The sun is shining. A few wispy clouds in the sky. And I'm back at work....
11 JUN
2005

Storm Round II

It was sunny and hot just an hour ago. Two hours ago I considered going for a nice, long bike...
10 JUN
2005

Crap

Work: crap. People: crap. Home: crap because I can't keep work or people out of it. Why did I come...
09 JUN
2005

Want to be

I don't want to be the kind of person who puts her kidney fat on display; is able to visibly...
08 JUN
2005

Hack me slice me dice me

When and how did 'tips and tricks' become 'hacks?' Life hacks, kitchen hacks, mind hacks, knitting hacks, kitten hacks, mitten...
07 JUN
2005

Panorama

I just finished slogging through all of the pictures I took while in Homer and Anchor Point. Before I decide...
07 JUN
2005

Thunder

Looks like Steve sent the thunder northward. It sounds like a giant semi truck driving over a bridge under which...
04 JUN
2005

Mm-mm Good

Chicken Breasts Arrabbiata From a diabetes recipe book my grandmother gave to my mother. 1 T extra virgin olive oil...
03 JUN
2005

Evil Master Plan

I finished planting my garden and hanging baskets one hour before it dumped some rain. Rain is good and great...
03 JUN
2005

Guess who's back in town

BING! We are back at home. B's ankle lost most of its swelling and he was able to drive the...
02 JUN
2005

Vacation Summation In Lists

Things I brought on my vacation and did not need:Makeup -- I don't wear it when at home, why did...
02 JUN
2005

Vacation-vacation

My mother informed me that the front page of my site was rather lonely and empty. Heaven forbid I leave...
27 MAY
2005

Miserable

Had someone informed us that there were areas in Alaska further south than Fairbanks still in the throes of winter,...
23 MAY
2005

Solid Gone

All our bags are packed, we're ready to go, and I cannot stop singing Leaving on a Jet Plane. My...
21 MAY
2005

Promt and Professional

Crisis and emergency communication may interrupt work in a prompt and professional manner. I'm sorry, Emergency, I cannot deal with...
20 MAY
2005

A Gap

All of my brothers are now in their thirties leaving me as the only sibling in my 20s. I want...
20 MAY
2005

Lucas Wank Fest Number Three

Also: Against all better judgment and a crapload of things to do, we are going to see the Sith movie...
19 MAY
2005

The Bike of My Dreams

I got my bike back from my boss who fixed it up all shiny and pretty after being mangled by...
19 MAY
2005

On the road again

B and I managed to steal two weeks each from our employers, and we will use said weeks for pure...
17 MAY
2005

Test

I hate crontabs. Move along. Nothing to see here....
17 MAY
2005

A moment

I'm standing in the feminine hygiene aisle wondering why we still use such a silly euphemism and why condoms are...
16 MAY
2005

At 80

For the record, big fat rain drops on my face really hurt at 80 miles per hour. They kind of...
14 MAY
2005

Filler

The weekend's content provided by the better looking sibling: 1// Valette: How, exactly, are you going to be terrorizing them?...
13 MAY
2005

Solid Gone

I had two or three most awesomest posts nearly composed during my drive to work this morning. Those posts and...
13 MAY
2005

Rude

Calling my organization and then asking if you can put me on hold to grab another line is not only...
12 MAY
2005

Too Hott to Handle

At 5:30 tonight, our thermometer read 112°F in the sun. I totally need to move closer to the ocean....
11 MAY
2005

The Summer is Coming

The weather is gorgeous and hot. I need to be out in it more, get my butt out of bed...
11 MAY
2005

5th wheel

My sister-in-law is trying to sell their 5th wheel trailer. They live in Wasilla, Alaska. Take a look if you...
11 MAY
2005

Keep it Down

To the fucktard who rang my doorbell at 2:30am, causing my dog to bark and my blood pressure to skyrocket,...
10 MAY
2005

To My Brothers

Memo To: All of my good-for-nothing brothers How dare you not do anything for Mom yesterday. You know, Mother's Day?...
09 MAY
2005

Mosquitoes

Lady Bossco has a nice roundup on waging war on mosquitoes....
08 MAY
2005

Bloglines Woes

I really love using Bloglines because it's a web application, and I can keep up with my feeds on any...
07 MAY
2005

Bed in Summer

Bed in Summer Robert Louis Stevenson In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. In summer...
06 MAY
2005

Thunderbird weirdness

Anyone ever had any trouble with Thunderbird mixing up the message bodies of emails? The past few days I have...
05 MAY
2005

Open letter to eBay phishing spammers

Dear eBay phishing spammers: If one fake email isn't going to fool me, what makes you think 300 "final warning"...
05 MAY
2005

Oh where oh where oh where

You think I could remember for the life of me where I put the film attachment to our scanner? You...
03 MAY
2005

Haze in Valley from Nenana Fires

Thank you for standing over my desk for the ten minutes it takes you to read every headline from the...
03 MAY
2005

Life is hard boo hoo

The horrid verbal-assaulting, barking-dog-owning upstairs neighbor was actually and for really kicked out last weekend, hurrah! The new neighbors, dog-less...
02 MAY
2005

Spring Orzo Salad

Since it was a big hit with the staff, I wanted to spread the wealth. Spring Orzo Salad: Makes 2...
29 APR
2005

What to do

Should I spend my lunch break seeing if my work scanner is still operational and seeing if I can acceptably...
29 APR
2005

May cause drowsiness

I send myself email. I also leave myself voice mail messages. I know it's only a few steps from mumbling...
28 APR
2005

Doo dee doo doo

We have been having nearly a week with temperatures in the 60s, and whatever snow remains is clumped in small...
27 APR
2005

Pregnancy Envy

Last Wednesday it was determined that my hormone levels were at an all time low of 3. Read 'em and...
25 APR
2005

Acronym hell

Unless you are the government, you cannot get away with using a plethora of acronyms on your website. I'm sorry,...
25 APR
2005

Cantankerous

Mechanical trauma: check. Bit my lip a few days ago. Emotional stress: check. Losing a baby is a wee bit...
24 APR
2005

Pile-Up

This is a great picture of one of my brothers and his pets, a picture he sure will hate that...
22 APR
2005

A girl and her (husband's) guitars

Last night, as I am periodically prone to do, I grabbed Melissa's old cheap acoustic guitar and demanded of B,...
20 APR
2005

Squeegie redesign

My photolog is wearing some new spring fashions with some fancy new accessories, including a style switcher so you can...
20 APR
2005

Welcome to Tuesday

I came out of a dream five minutes before my alarm sounded and immeidatly thought the weekend to have been...
19 APR
2005

One track mind

I never knew Walium, C1ALlS, and Vi-agra had so much in common. 15 spam email subject lines have thus set...
18 APR
2005

HTTP in the house

title its plugin that may work blitz a landlord who anti spam plugin that may cebu suggestion of bryce of...
15 APR
2005

Beware the Ides of April

Happy IRS Appreciation Day! Everyone remembered to send them a sweet little thank you note with optional gift?...
15 APR
2005

Schnauzer puppy

From my mother-in-law's schnauzer's last litter. How can you not fall in love with a puppy?...
14 APR
2005

Soundtrack of Life 2

The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony Flying home from a class trip to Paris, 20 million hours spent on an...
13 APR
2005

Editing Marks

You will probably never see me more focused than when I am holding an editing pen making someone's essay nearly...
12 APR
2005

You want to be next?

Today finds me mainly pissed off. I could very well blame the weekend for carrying over its crapfest into my...
11 APR
2005

Adagio Comes Through

I got my free tea and individual teapot (their gift for a link from a pagerank 5 site [at least...
10 APR
2005

Looking for you my entire life

Conor is Lacey's soul mate....
09 APR
2005

On Friday

Having informed my supervisor I would be late this morning, I zoomed off to the laboratory to give the vein...
08 APR
2005

Sesame Street Sketches

All of this talk (in the fragments, at least) about Sesame Street goodness got me reminiscing about my favorite sketches....
07 APR
2005

Just might be

Yes, it might be the combination of the sunshine, caffeine, and empty office. But it also might be my depression...
06 APR
2005

Ice Rage

If you freeze a mocha Ice Rage and then, putting it in the refrigerator, forget about it for 24 hours,...
06 APR
2005

Satellite view of Homer, Alaska

Satellite view of Homer, Alaska Originally uploaded by Valette. Satellite capabilities were recently added to Google Maps. This is...
05 APR
2005

Needles

A normally-pregnant woman's hormones (not to mean a woman who is normally pregnant, or always pregnant) double every two days....
05 APR
2005

Ectopic Pregnancy

I have gone back and forth about whether to write about this here or not. At the moment of typing...
04 APR
2005

Sickening

Nausea. It's a funny word, really, with a funny sound and a funny spelling, and the more I say it,...
03 APR
2005

Adagio Teas

Adagio Teas is offering a link reward for linking to their site. It's pretty much a googlebomb on the word...
02 APR
2005

Take it to the man on the street

Group poll: Two (moderated) comments on an ollld post made within four minutes of each other, each with an email,...
01 APR
2005

You say it's your birthday

Everyone go wish Damon a happy birthday....
01 APR
2005

Real Doozie

Volunteer: We just had a real doozie of a case. Me: Oh yeah? Volunteer: This lady called in and, well,...
31 MAR
2005

360

I done gone and jumped on the 360 bandwagon. I have avoided all of the social friends sites because I...
29 MAR
2005

No

I don't have to explain myself to you, you rude person on the other end of the telephone line. No,...
29 MAR
2005

Things to discuss with one's husband

Intelligence. Hotness. Strength. A man is only worth time and energy if he has at least two out of those...
27 MAR
2005

Open North American Championship

The Open North American Championship is a dog sled race comprised of three mushing sprints held on seperate days. Each...
24 MAR
2005

Where is Chris Farley when we need him?

Volunteer: "This guy really needs some help. You see, he lives in a van..." Me: "...down by the river!" *cracks...
23 MAR
2005

The boys are back in town

JR is not only a super great guy, but he is also my own personal hero and coding monkey. The...
19 MAR
2005

Errors and changes (oh my!)

I woke this morning to PHP include errors galore and a lovely announcement from my host:PHP provides a feature allowing...
17 MAR
2005

More of the same

This past week has been a gi-normous emotional roller coaster, one with free falls and gorgeous scenic views and giant...
15 MAR
2005

Cupcakes for president

Why cupcakes? Eating a miniature, individualized cake with sprinkles (always required) is just shy of heaven. There is just something...
11 MAR
2005

Quiet birthday

I am currently the only one in the office. Since the new supervisor started working here in January, he has...
11 MAR
2005

Found photos

There were a ton of photos left on a computer recently donated to my work. So I present to you...
10 MAR
2005

Birthday

Well golly. Happy birthday, JR! He even brought a cake....
09 MAR
2005

Hot hot sun

It has bee so exceptionally warm here this past week that I am positively giddy. It was over 60°F in...
09 MAR
2005

Perhaps I should move my head more

Insanity is wiping and wiping and wiping at the stupid smudge on the computer monitor and then, only upon getting...
06 MAR
2005

The hating is nearly done

Now I will not need to hate the upstairs neighbor for much longer. I had to call the landlords at...
06 MAR
2005

The secret of the lobster

I got an email from a wonderful pair of people, Sarah and Jon, who were up late doing some Googlewhacking...
06 MAR
2005

Tight Spaces

We like to toss the dog toys under the couch. Not blinking an eye or slowing her step, Lacey lowers...
05 MAR
2005

It's coming

This morning I drove to work with the sun in my eyes. I had to put on my sunglasses because...
04 MAR
2005

Don't worry, be happy

For those worried, I am feeling fine. My hip, my uterus, both completely void of pain. No need to worry....
03 MAR
2005

I don't do pills

Last night was the pain, yes. When I got home, B was in the shower. I lied on the bathroom...
01 MAR
2005

Pain

Plus, there's the pain. It's centered in the uterus, naturally. Has hung around all weekend and hit full force today....
28 FEB
2005

First impressions are everything

I hate bra shopping. I want a bra that both fits comfortably and presents nicely, and I honestly don't think...
28 FEB
2005

Evil mastermind

Stepping into the creative revenge department is my brother Marty with his superduperous suggestion to toss a permanent marker (or...
28 FEB
2005

Soundtrack of life

Lisa Loeb - Jake I was preparing for a class trip to Paris my junior year in high school. A...
26 FEB
2005

One heck of a transaction

Yes, I always take my credit card to the bathroom. Don't you?...
24 FEB
2005

Every four minutes

I like to listen to music while I do the dishes. Singing and moving along to a beat keeps me...
23 FEB
2005

The things I hate about you

It started with the man who fell over the stairwell, an incident that I completely believe was not her fault....
22 FEB
2005

Screw you guys

Just like that, I'm going home. My supervisor is back from a week on the beaches of Mehiko and rather...
21 FEB
2005

The selfish and nasty one

Now that I have experienced grief - no, wait. One does not simply "experience" grief. Grief is like a rude,...
18 FEB
2005

Dark Tower

So, B came home Tuesday with The Dark Tower, the seventh book in the Dark Tower series? The last book...
17 FEB
2005

<h1> spam

I have been getting a bunch of comment spam lately that does not include any URLs. There is an email...
15 FEB
2005

Call your wife, quickly

Call your wife, quickly Originally uploaded by sThig. Happy Valentine's Day....
14 FEB
2005

Take a nap

Sunday afternoons are made for two hour family naps. How much better when the naps bring dreams....
13 FEB
2005

As I sit upon a rock

As I sit upon a rockin my favorite sitting spot,birds call and children playbut I am oblivious to themas my...
12 FEB
2005

Bark Bark Bark

Bark bark bark. Barkbark bark bark. Barkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbark. It started with a whine, oh so sad, like he had been woken...
12 FEB
2005

Negative Zero

I have seen this a few times this winter, not just on my site. The time and temperature recording...
10 FEB
2005

Wednesday Dump

I hate being able to figure out the entire storyline of a movie within the first 20 minutes, though it...
09 FEB
2005

Newsboys Concert

The Newsboys. IN MY PANTS! It left me with a huge grin all night long. Those Newsboys are good (2.5MB...
08 FEB
2005

KA-BOOM

2:00 Sunday morning I woke to a huge KA-BOOM! in the apartment. The dog in the apartment directly above us...
07 FEB
2005

With Class and Style

We headed to the Regency Hotel last night just before 8pm for a cozy dinner with 18 others in celebration...
06 FEB
2005

Intensity

The ice fog is so pretty, floating for a half mile underneath cloudless skies. The sun shines through it making...
04 FEB
2005

Selling it

In case the image has yet to fully hit you over the head with a giant stick of what the...
03 FEB
2005

Emotional detachment

I would never become emotional over a movie. Yes, of course I would laugh, but that was the extend of...
01 FEB
2005

On spam

...almost every time I sit down to do something creative on my own site, I have to spend half an...
01 FEB
2005

Birthday billiards

Birthday billiards bonanza. In photos....
01 FEB
2005

Non Sequitur

If you were allergic to spandex, you would probably have to wear underwear that tied on. Which would be about...
31 JAN
2005

One last piece

The prospect of eating one more piece of birthday cake with a scoop of birthday ice cream builds and builds...
30 JAN
2005

An Open Letter to My Sewing Machine Power Chord

An Open Letter to My Sewing Machine Power Chord: (not as good as McSweeney's Open Letters) I thought we had...
29 JAN
2005

What it's all about

In honor of my 24th birthday today, I want you, dear Internet of My Heart, to do the Hokey Pokey....
28 JAN
2005

You say it's my birthday

While it may seem a trifle unfair that I am hosting the party tonight (you are coming, aren't you?), I...
28 JAN
2005

Happiness

Happiness is playing pretend with a five year old who suddenly becomes very serious when I invite her to my...
26 JAN
2005

Numero Uno

The number one most requested file on my server? http://rhapsodic.org/mt/mt-comments.cgi A file that doesn't even exist because I renamed it...
25 JAN
2005

Fight for your right

The Birthday Party of Your Dreams is happening this Friday night at Kaleidoscope Billiards. The best home made ice cream...
25 JAN
2005

Techno Mix

After Melissa died, I got to keep a whole stack of her CDs. Some of them were so severely scratched...
24 JAN
2005

Myth Buster

There seems to be a general misunderstanding with different members of both sexes in regards to select body parts and...
23 JAN
2005

Chicken

I am officially a wuss. Addendum: officially....
22 JAN
2005

IM addict

Why do I keep opening my IM program if I close it the moment someone who may actually talk to...
22 JAN
2005

Dilemma

I have 64 ounces of water inside of me that is needing to get out approximately every 20 minutes and...
20 JAN
2005

Falling into country

Most po-dunk hippie towns, like the one in which I grew up, have atrocious selections when it comes to the...
20 JAN
2005

Reason not necessary

Two reasons to wash that pretty purple scarf you bought at the thrift store the other day: 1// You bought...
19 JAN
2005

Spunky

"Would you pick up some soda on your way home" "The green sperm-reducing kind?" "No, the cherry stuff." "Good. Because...
18 JAN
2005

the results are skewed

Anyone else think it odd that not only did the PhotoFriday noteworthy photos for last week's theme (silhouette) omit my...
18 JAN
2005

Hasselhoff, how I love thee

Hasslehoff recursion. It deserves no less than a main post. [via]...
18 JAN
2005

What we gonna do

We can use him as a footstool Or a table to play Scrabble on Then tie him up And beat...
17 JAN
2005

peanut butter mystery

My computer desk smells like peanut butter cookies. Which is all well and good, but I haven't bought, made, or...
16 JAN
2005

Favorite Firefox extensions

Without further (was there any to begin with?) ado, my favorite Firefox extensions: Foxy Tunes I love being able to...
14 JAN
2005

Ice and frost: a girl's best friends

While I spent Wednesday at home, I got in the habit of peeking out the curtains to assess the progress...
14 JAN
2005

rhapsodic nation

We are now an error-free MYSQL nation running Movable Type 3.14. Due to one huge-ass error during the entry export...
12 JAN
2005

warm your rhapsodic hungry heart

The ever lovely Peter just informed me that my comments are Borked Beyond All Recognition (BOBAR?). And here I thought...
11 JAN
2005

I love you like ice fog

The camera does surprisingly well at -40°. My lungs, however, do not....
11 JAN
2005

Dreaming of a White Ice Fog

Forty below zero is the same temperature in Fahrenheit as it is in Celcius.It doesn't snow around -40° or less.Temperatures...
11 JAN
2005

of reticence and mysteriousness

From: Al P. StuartSent: Friday, January 7, 2005 3:52 pmSubject: of reticence and mysteriousness I kept glancing at the message...
10 JAN
2005

Nauyans Make the Playoffs

Wins: 10 Losses: 11 Ties: 1 Fifths: lost count John Kvasnikoff, coach and goaltender for the Nanwalek Nauyans, came out...
07 JAN
2005

2004 in pictures

06 JAN
2005

What not to do

Quick pop quiz that everyone and their dog should know. What is the one thing you never do when your...
06 JAN
2005

The perfect font prgram

The perfect font displaying program will:Read fonts in my system font directory as well as any non-system directory to which...
06 JAN
2005

Why do you have to be so rotten?

I tossed four mandarin oranges (the only remains from the three boxes bought around Christmas), still in their burnt orange...
06 JAN
2005

fireworks by Alaska

My brother and I hung out in downtown Anchorage (there is a town square! Who knew!?) for a few hours...
04 JAN
2005

risking death

Hot diggity. I'm glad I decided to not drive this weekend....
04 JAN
2005

bringing in the new year

I've got a bunch of spare time as well as a spare computer this afternoon, which means quality time with...
02 JAN
2005

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Hi, I'm Valette

I'm a photographer based out of Anchorage, Alaska. I've recently become a wife, a stepmother, and a homeowner. Life is pretty awesome. You can email me anytime. Learn more...

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