Monday, June 25, 2007

A Meme for Monday

1. What was the last song you sang out loud?

U + UR Hand

2. Who were the last 2 people you talked to on the phone?

Danielle and Tanya

3. What were the last 3 items of clothing you bought?

a purple T-shirt, a dress that I lost before I could wear it and an orange bra.

4. What are the last 4 places you drove/rode to?

Work, Chipotle, Best Buy, shopping

5. What are the last 5 web sites you visited?

Blogger, KOL, MySpace,,

I was the 473rd person to take this week's Monday Meme!

The Wisdom of Pink

Catch-22 - You've seen all the signs But you haven't got a clue
Cuz I Can - So I'll cash my checks and place my bets and hope I'll always win … I don't play your rules, I make my own
Eventually - So what good am I to you if I can't be broken?
Family Portrait - I don't want love to destroy me
I'm Not Dead - And I was never lookin' for approval From anyone but you.
Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely) - If you give me some room there will be room enough for two
Respect - Damn, I sure look fine, I can't blame those horny boys, I would make me mine
Split Personality - You don't know me well enough to label me
Stop Falling - Don't assume cuz I'm a woman That I'll fall in love
Stupid Girls - I'm so glad that I'll never fit in. That will never be me! Outcasts and girls with ambition, That's what I wanna see.
The One That Got Away - In a closed off corner of my heart, yes I'll always see your face
Try Too Hard - Everything you feel, everything you know, You found it on your favorite TV show
U + Ur Hand - I was fine before you walked into my life

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Giant Manta Rays

The first ever captive birth of a giant Manta Ray happened in Japan this week. The pregnancy lasted just over a year!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Passport Saga - a whole new wrinkle

When I first submitted my application for a passport, I gave them a ceritified copy of my birth certificate. I got another one when I went in person to get my passport back on May 16th, and they gave me that copy the same day. Now I expected that the first copy would be sent back to me as soon as the Charleston office realized that my second application had been processed. Well, it is now 23 days later and I still don't have any mail from them. So, I sent an email on Monday and another on Wednesday and there has been no response from them. So, I call them today and wait in the queue that likes to hang up on you, using the 3,1,9 prompts. I actually get through to two different reps who hang up on me because their systems are not working. I finally get through to a rep who talks to me and I explain. She says that she's sure they won't hold on to my birth certificate and that I should send them a letter asking them to send it back to me. Um, why do I need to send a letter if she's sure they won't hold on to it? She also says she can't send them a message to send it back to me because her messages only ask them to expedite existing applications (and we all know how well those work). There is no time frame she can give me as to when I can expect my Birth Certificate back.

I really wish I had gotten the first FedEx package that might have contained both my Birth Certificate and my original Passport. Because then I could have put it through my own 10+ week "processing" before sending it back to them. I would have made a webpage for them to look at each day to see when they could expect to get it, except there would never be an actual date, just some nonsense about how they should get it within my promised timeframe.

Update: It came in the mail on the 9th. I think they need some better notes so they can actually tell you what is going on with your "account".

Friday, June 01, 2007

Italy Trip - Day Seventeen

Friday June 1

Time to head home. I was going to tube to Victoria, but I saw a bus that was headed there, so I hopped on that instead. It took a bit longer to get there, but I was still able to get a ticket for the 10:02 train to Gatwick. I grabbed a Falafel sandwich and sat down on the train. I realized I was on a local train, which made about 7 stops before finally getting to Gatwick. I got to go ahead in line for check-in since I was a bit late. There was some band in front of me in line for security and a girl asked them for their autograph. I still don't know who they were, but they all looked about 15. I hurried to my gate but it was still a long wait to board. I didn't sleep on the way home, I just watched tv and some movies.

When we landed around 4, I finally got to go through the short line at customs/immigration. They asked me what kind of food I was declaring and then I got my luggage. I called my ride, but then a guy yelled at me for using my phone. There were no signs that you couldn't use them, and I was not aware that I had to go through another customs line.