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Tuesday, August 23, 2005


It feels strange to me to be able to go out after 8pm at night and not have to worry about the parking any more. After being under that for a year, I am in the mind set of always thinking about it. Driving back home from the old place at 10pm last night was weird. Heck, just leaving there and being out after 10pm was weird. I am seeing now that it is going to take a little time to shake the mind set but have a hard time believing that I actually have to do that.

posted by Amy at 1:05 pm  

Monday, August 22, 2005

moved to the new place

The move is over and I am so tired. Also helped Stacy replace the motor to the attic fan at her house. According to her temperatre gauge it was 160 degrees up there Saturday afternoon. With the thermostat on the fan set to 90 this should guarantee that the fan will run continuously through the end of summer.

More on the move later. I am still exhausted. I will say that the one minute drive to work is a nice thing.

posted by Amy at 1:13 pm  

Friday, August 19, 2005


I am so tired today from all the packing that I did last night. I think I am close to done but there are always the things that I don’t see – the small things that should go in boxes but some how don’t get packed. I bought more boxes last night and filled quite a few. Then there is tomorrow – moving day… and getting up early to get the things done that need to get done before the movers arrive (like shower and remove the protective cover from the mattress).

One thing I did not know until yesterday is that the new place has trash pickup. That means I will have trash days and no more trotting bags out to the dumpster. Just leave them out by the garage and someone will come get them. Cool!

posted by Amy at 11:52 am  

Monday, August 15, 2005

trapped again

Ahhh…. another night at this crap hole apartment complex… trapped by the lack of parking… two cars outside without stickers… nobody getting stickered or towed.

From my convesation with Rhonda (at their regional office) this morning, one thing keeps coming back to me – her saying that everyone is pro-towing until they are towed. Funny… I have never parked where I am not supposed to, so I have never been towed. Running an apartment complex is not about making friends – it is a business, and as with any business (and life itself) people are going to break the rules and chances are they aren’t going to like the consequences. These people that live here signed the same papers that I did, and therefor should be considered informed of the rules and expected to abide by them (guests included).

She also stated that they are aware that there is an issue with parking here – that when the place is full there are problems. NOT IF YOU TOW PEOPLE! If I am dumb enough to park where I am not supposed to then maybe the $150 it takes to get my car out will make me think twice to pay more attention next time.

Movers are scheduled. I need to do some more packing.

posted by Amy at 8:36 pm  

Friday, August 12, 2005

one week to go

Good Lord… I am seething on the inside… I cannot wait to move… I am so tired of dealing with these damn people who think all the things that are going on are ok… that the non-enforcement of the parking rules is ok… that the boat on the property in someone’s driveway causing them to park in the fire lane is ok…. that the fact that this goes against their rules is ok….arrrggggghhhh! I hate these people!

I feel like Hank Hill, in last nights episode about the anger management class… pet the kitty… pet the kitty… oh screw it…. I should just call the non-emergency line and have the Addison cops come out and give butt face a ticket. Click here to read all the bad reviews of this place. After I am gone I am going to post the whole story. I know that people that are mad are going to post bad reviews more than people that are happy, but that last one sounds totally fake, and I think there is something to be said for bad reviews – they just might be telling the truth. Based on the ones for this place, I would say so.

UPDATE: I called the corporate office number and was given then names and number of people in the regional office. Called them. The one in charge is out until Monday. Her assistant told me that she would call me back then.

posted by Amy at 1:32 pm  

Thursday, August 11, 2005

more Puttanesca

Ok… so I fianlly cooked the Spaghetti Puttanesca recipe the other night, sans anchovies (funny thing… I feel like a major dumbass… bought sardines instead… wasn’t paying close enough attention or just thought I was supposed to be buying sardines for some reason… never noticed until I opened the can to reveal something that was not anchovies… oh well). This stuff tastes better than it smells. While cooking I was seriously thinking I was going to be eating cereal as all the spaghetti was going to be in the trash.

It tasted good though. A little salty, but that was my fault for not tasting before adding the salt that I did. With the kalamata olives and the capers there may have been plenty of brine already there. I am sure that I added more olives than it called for (didn’t measure) because I like them.

I think I will make this again soon, this time adding in the anchovies and checking the salt, as well as chopping the garlic and olives beforehand. Also found out that when you break up the tomatos it is best to empty the juice into the pan first and then break the tomatos with your hand while they are still inside the can. If you don’t they squirt everywhere (just like any other piece of fruit that you can sqeeze and break apart in your hands).

I noticed that the link to the recipe was dead – so here it is:

Spaghetti Puttanesca

1 pound spaghetti
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
6 rinsed anchovies (optional)
1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes and their juice
2 tablespoons capers
1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives

1. Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package instructions; drain; return to pot.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, crushed red pepper, and anchovies, if desired, mashing them with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring, until garlic is fragrant, 2 minutes.

3. Add whole tomatoes and their juice, breaking up tomatoes with hands. Stir in capers and olives. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Toss with pasta; season with salt and pepper.

Per serving: 365 calories; 6.8 grams fat; 11 grams protein; 64.6 grams carbohydrates; 3.2 grams fiber

posted by Amy at 1:54 pm  

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

just a thought

Sometimes I think I should feel privilaged when I get spam for poker or trackbacks for porn or monkey sex, they they chose my site to do their “just testing” initial spam… excited that these people are getting into the wonderful world of informing people about these things, and making me a part of it… warm and fuzzy because the mere existance of my site helped them in some way.

But I don’t.

posted by Amy at 9:07 am  

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

nipping at the heels

I thought this was interesting… not that I could possibly be lumped in with those that are paid to blog… since I am not. Amusing, all the same.

posted by Amy at 4:21 pm  

Monday, August 8, 2005

today’s to-do list

call TXU – done

call SBC – done, and I will be without DSL for three days before I move. That is going to suck. Maybe I should do an unofficail move on Friday – me and the air mattress – so I can get back to being online. I guess I should wait and focus on packing. Blech.

call vet – done. Dropping off sample of poop over lunch. All together now – Ewwwwww! My car has been successfully polluted by the bag of poop.

work out



continue packing

Did some sorting through and throwing away of stuff last night. Actually eliminated a whole bag of crap (mostly old papers and junk). I have some more of those to go through but I feel more capable now that I have gotten that one done.

posted by Amy at 12:40 pm  

Friday, August 5, 2005

Metroblogging Dallas

I have been added to the authors over at Metroblogging Dallas. Go check it out!

posted by Amy at 9:49 am  
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