Queen of Love and Beauty

Monday, May 31, 2004


The Taurus died again tonight. Who knows what the issue is this time. Dad let me drive his car home again (thanks, dad) and beyond that I don’t know. It seemed to be burning up gas faster than usual, but I could be mistaken on that. The future is uncertain right now and it will probably stay that way for awhile since tomorrow is a holiday.

At least this time I was able to get it out of the street.

posted by Amy at 12:54 am  

Thursday, May 27, 2004


I have never had the opportunity to experience the effect of a full scale mass mailing worm until today. One email slipped under my normally cautious radar. I then downloaded that anti-virus program Avast and that took care of it – deleting 896 files that had been loaded onto my computer. Then I removed the registry key it added, and then ran a fix tool that removed anything that was left. All gone.

posted by Amy at 11:00 pm  

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

a day for the dogs

Today was not my day. I was on my way to work, taking a quick detour to shop for one thing (I knew what I was looking for so it was not some big deal). The check engine light comes on in the car and I pull it over in the right hand lane. When ever this has happened before it has always restarted after trying a few times. This wasn’t going to happen today. I call the mechanic (I have their number in my phone… this is necessary when your car is old) and they give me the number to the towing company, which I called to come scrape up me and my car out of the right hand lane, and out of the way of traffic. If someone had hit my car while it was sitting there (quite a few close calls… even a teenager that was not paying attention) then it would have been new car day. Part of me was wishing for this but that didn’t happen. Even though I saw them turning onto streets in either direction of me, the police did not stop right away. One finally did, and even tried his hand at starting the car. That failed and the two truck arrived shortly after.

Got to the mechanic and got the car off the tow truck. Now it started. Typical. Anyways, they were able to look at it and diagnosed it as wiring that had come loose from the control panel, which runs different things in the car, and therefor shut the car down. They also said this was probably because of the engine mounts being bad, but I am not about to spend a ton of money on those (been there, done that before on another car). They fixed the wiring, but I am in dad’s car right now so I can take it in for some work that it needs tomorrow before going to get mine.

As of lunch time tomorrow I will be tapped out.

The dog reference – I walked Punky twice. That was the only productive thing that happened today. I need a new car.

posted by Amy at 10:45 pm  

Wednesday, May 26, 2004


I just got done ordering more drugs from Mexico online. I am not sure how much the savings are but I do know it is alot. They carry one of mine for about half of what I was paying at the grocery store. Eleven more doses and I am officially out.

posted by Amy at 12:07 pm  

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

it’s just a battery

You might think that getting the battery of a watch replaced at some major store should not be a major deal. Wrong. Finding a special place that would do this for me is just not on my list of things to do; I should be able to do this at the same place I can pick up some body lotion, a gallon of milk and one of the latest dvd releases. Yes, I should be able to do this at Walmart. All I have gotten from Walmart and Dillard’s is “no, we don’t work on those kind of watches (Fossil)” and “no, we don’t replace batteries. You will need to find some place in the mall.” No recomendation of where to go; I guess maybe it is against policy to be that helpful. Dillard’s needs to post a sign – “We will gladly sell you a watch and take your money, but after the sale is final we will no longer be able to help you, unless you would like to buy another watch.”

Early morning highlight – found my black body suit underthing and it is already clean!

posted by Amy at 2:55 am  

Monday, May 24, 2004

brow wax

I paid someone money to wax my brows this morning. I did this once before at the same place and it was fine. This time they are not right. One is more shaped than the other, and then it is not that much. The other looks like nothing was done at all. I was counting on them being done for tomorrow so that I may add to the appearance of responsibility. I am going to have to leave work early to get them fixed, and if they refuse to do it without charging me again I am going to have to do it myself. That is always a shot in the dark as to whether or not I will get it right. This is bugging me.

posted by Amy at 5:33 pm  

Friday, May 21, 2004


Upon request here is the jambalaya recipe. You might notice that on the can of Veg All there is a strangely similar recipe to this one. I like mine, that I took from them and modified. It might say to add parsley and tomatos but I don’t do that. Get the 3 lb. package of Manda Sausage if you can (I have not seen it sold in smaller quantities). It is the best, and will make all the difference. I got my latest package at Brookshire’s and I saw some where online that some one else got some at Sam’s (I have not looked there so no guarantees… actually, no guarantees on either place). Also, I usually double this recipe – it makes for good left overs.

1/2 lb Manda Smoked Sausage
2 Tbsp oil
1 can (15 oz.) Veg•All Cajun Mixed Vegetables with liquid
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups quick cooking rice, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped green onion including green tops
Salt, black pepper, cayenne to taste

Cut sausage into bite-size pieces and place in large pot. Sauté in hot oil until well browned. Add Veg•All, water and heat through. When hot (boiling), add uncooked rice, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally (you may need more water at this point). Add the salt, black pepper, cayenne when the rice appears to be cooked. Last, add green onions just before serving. Makes 4 servings.

posted by Amy at 6:18 pm  

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

finally blogging

I need to write more. I just have not been inspired enough lately to go beyond the login. So, a few things…

I locked my my keys in the car last Friday. I do this about every five years or so. I guess it is one of those things that keeps me regular. In the process I also found out how easy my type of car is to break into. It happened when I was getting gas in crap-hole and so I got alot of help from some pretty unsavory folks. One of them really knew what he was doing with that coat hanger and that was pretty scary. Got the car opened without paying $40 to a locksmith. Fine by me.

Went to the store last night to get just a few of the things that I needed so I could conjure up some dinner. I went to the store closest to my house, which seems to be more expensive but was on the way. I was displeased with most of the prices and was about to leave when I spotted it – the sausage! They stock the sausage that I love and that goes perfect in my jambalaya. I have been told in the past that the sausage was what really made the jambalaya good. I was so shocked. I went and got the green onions to go in it and the Veg-All. Mmmmmm… jambalaya.

I watched the Nick Berg tragedy. If you have not seen it, don’t (my opinion). If you want to be ready because it is the real thing. I have read some conspiracy things that have cropped up on the net… I think mostly about trying to disprove who the US government is saying commited this horrible act. I don’t really care who did it – it shouldn’t have happened. And as for the school in Ft. Worth where some teachers showed it to the students – that is inappropriate. It is not a lesson in government or history. It is a record of a brutal end to a man’s life. The only reason people are watching it is out of morbid curiosity – myself included and I wish I hadn’t. These may have been high school students, but they are still kids, and they are still impressionable. I don’t think that the Columbine killers got their ideas independently; there was something that influenced them, aside from the school bullies and the cliques to which they did not belong.

posted by Amy at 7:31 pm  

Thursday, May 13, 2004

reality tv

I was watching the “High School Reunion” reality show the other night with Stacy and it was basically the group that was on the show talking about what happened after the show. One of the women was from Dallas and got involved with her old flame on the show while leaving her fiance (I think his name was Brad) at home. After the show she went home, packed her stuff and moved closer to the old, now new, flame. The host of this thing asked Brad how he proposed to the chick that left him – he flew her to Paris and proposed under the Eiffel Tower. Ummm… yea…. she is dumb but the rest of Dallas is going to benefit from her stupidity. Not to mention, smooth move on Brad’s part for telling his side on national tv. I wonder if his phone has stopped ringing yet.

posted by Amy at 12:35 am  

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

electric cars

I was watching some late news last night and caught a report on Ford demanding the return of electricity powered trucks once their lease is up. The people showed on tv love the cars and want to keep them but Ford won’t event let them buy them; they just want them back so they can destroy them.

With the price of gas going up I bet there would be a big market for cars like this, especially if they have already proved to be popular with the people that own them. The question is who will lose so much money that they are against it.

posted by Amy at 5:03 pm  
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