Wednesday, October 31
Sometimes I really wish I could speak a few chosen words to hubbys employer. He is working on a unit which goes into all aircrafts in the USAF. They have been working on this for quite a while and even before this new defence contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin they were way behind on their work. Then a couple of days ago Lockheed Martin is awarded a major defence contract where the same unit will go into all airplanes produced during the life of that contract. This means even more work for the team hubby is working at. Yet his employer has the nerve to say that they will still lay off more people and no new jobs will be created due to this new contract. *dumbfu*ks* It only took two weeks before they gave hubbys team back all overtime they could push. Overtime which were taken away because of layoffs and cutbacks due to September 11. I can easily see where this will go before soon. 10 - 12 hour days 7 days a week. It sure aint much time I get to spend with him. Maybe I should get some pictures taken so I won't forget what he looks like.
Sara wrote on 5:03 PM - Link - Comments
Monday, October 29
I haven't really got anything to say other than the same old stuff which everyone probably is tired to hear me talk about already, so I'll just shot up and go sit in the corner.
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Friday, October 26
There are rumors out in the immigration community, that the various DOT of the states have put a new rule on the book which says that immigrants who doesn't have a drivers license from their home country cannot get a US drivers license until they get their Green Card. Some people have been refused with that excuse, and if it indeed is true it is very, very, very bad news for a lot of immigrants residing in the US. This would mean another two years of being housebound without a chance of getting a job, if this is true. Personally I don't think I can stand another two years without the possibility of getting around on my own. I am crossing my fingers, that the cases I have heard about so far had other complications which warrented a denial of a DL.
If the rumours are true I'm not quite sure what the heck I'm going to do. :(
Sara wrote on 4:32 PM - Link - Comments
Wednesday, October 24
I am still here, but have been doing stuff in RL. The other day while on the werge of falling asleep I got an idea for a new dish I wanted to try out. Chickenbreasts filled with Basil pesto and a potato, springonion, bellpepper, onion, mushroomsoup dish on the side. It turned out wonderful, but don't use a whole lot of pesto because that stuff will overpower everything else.
*Vinker hej* til Susanne who is a long lost, but found again friend :)
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Sunday, October 21
God help the United States if the Department of Justice are allowed to make use of such tactics. I'm beginning to doubt whether or not I want to go for N-400 :(
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Saturday, October 20
I am a member of a couple of online social groups. In one opf them I'm a member of what is called the "Slumber Party Commetttee (sp) where the purpose is to go around and sign member guestbooks like we were in the middle of a friendly pillow fight. And actually it's kinda funny and a good way to get to know a few more people. But lately I have found that I really have to watch what I'm writing as a comment. For instance I was just about to write something to the effect of "...watch out it's a bird... it's a plane..." etc Not the big deal if it wasn't because of September 11. Am I the only one who find myself changing my language just because of what happened back in September?
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Friday, October 19
I am still not feeling well. Very tired all the time, like all I can do is hold my body up and that doesn't seems to go over too well either. Wish I knew what was going on, but right now I have no clue. *sigh*
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Thursday, October 18
Yuck. Waking up even before the devil gets out of bed feeling like total sh*t and like the content of my stomack is about to come out the wrong way. (yeah I know not very nice information) The cable tv went down last night and its still not up and running :( It's going to be a long day.
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Wednesday, October 17
Hubby survived the first round of layoffs, but we cannot be totally sure what is going to happen until the end of November.
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Tuesday, October 16
It is really hard writing or trying to be somewhat creative when you have a cat sitting next to you which is doing his best to distract you by purrring up a storm right into your ear. Sometimes when he gets really comfy it almost sounds like he is popping popcorn. You know the continous rrrrrrrrrr while he sits there with his eyes half closed, nose half in the air and chest pushed forward to make sure the scritches gets in to all nooks and crannies and doesn't miss a spot. It's the kind of contentment only a very trusting and safe cat would show. Just like when he is hanging like a ragdoll (no he is not of that breed) sprawled over my lower arm totally sure that I'll keep carrying him around and not drop him on the floor.
I do so love my kitty :)
Sara wrote on 7:17 PM - Link - Comments
Ack I was just checking the referrer logs for my personal site (New Horizons) and it turns out that the page shows up as the #1 hit when someone is making a search for genitial pictures on Yahoo. This is desturbing. I would have expected the blog to show up but not a simple personal page which has nothing of that nature. Why would anyone show off pictures of genitals anyway? (Dirty minded bastards)
Sara wrote on 3:20 PM - Link - Comments
Nothing new about the incident at hubbys work, but he said it's most likely someone pulling a prank on the company since they're about to announce who is going to get sacked as part of the first part of the lay-offs.
I'm trying so hard to let this get to me, but it's hard when it hits so close to home and when I talk to my mom on the phone and hear the fear in her voice. I am not telling her just how scared I am of everything going on, because I know how much she worries (and because of her medical conditions doesn't quite get it all). Better to just letting her know it's ok and then save my worries for my brother and Bob.
Sara wrote on 3:16 PM - Link - Comments
Monday, October 15
Damn things are getting a little too close for comfort now. I was just listening to the local news when I heard the name of DHs employer and unknown substance/package in the same sentence. Turns out that they had found unknown/accounted for packages at two loading docks in two other facilities belonging to the company. No telling yet what it is, but it's not good because his employer are working on government contracts for the airforce :( This way too close for comfort.
Sara wrote on 6:36 PM - Link - Comments
Why is it that all help seems to be going to NY when the rest of the country is suffering from the aftermath of September 11 too? Yes I know Ny was hit and many people died and that they should get help, but NY is not the ONLY place.
On a more positive note... I got mail today, from a long lost and very missed friend. :) We met in grade school and were spending most of our time together since then. Then we went each our own way to college (and I moved here) and we lost contact. Now we have established contact again and I hope we can keep it up this time. *waving* *Vinker* hi/hej til Susanne :)
Sara wrote on 2:15 PM - Link - Comments
Why is it, that as soon as I've finally have gotten an idea for a general style for something I might or might not be working on, I cannot find certain core design elements?? I mean, how hard can it be to find a picture or two. I've got plenty of them on cds but none of them seems to be the right ones. *sigh* The hunt for inspiration and creativity continues.
Sara wrote on 5:25 AM - Link - Comments
Sunday, October 14
Sometimes when I'm reading other blogs/journals I have the feeling that I shouldn't be reading what I read, that it wasn't really meant for my eyes. Still I guess that if people didn't want me to read it, they would not have put it online and where I can find it. Just a very weird feeling.
Sara wrote on 8:16 PM - Link - Comments
Saturday, October 13
Yep still here and trying my best to wear out the mouse instead of the bed. I ususally have a hard time sleeping after one of those days where I crash (not in the literal sense of the word). The darkness and silence of the night is very calming to me.
Sara wrote on 6:25 AM - Link - Comments
I have a moral question for you. This is an imaginary situation, but I think it is fun to decide what one would do.
The situation: You are in the Middle East, and there is a huge flood in progress. Many homes have been lost, water supplies compromised and structures destroyed.
Let's say that you're a photographer and getting still photos for a news service, traveling alone, looking for particularly poignant scenes.
You come across Osama Bin Laden who has been swept away by the floodwaters. He is barely hanging on to a tree limb and is about to go under. You can either put down your camera and save him, or take a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of him as he loses his grip on the limb.
So, here's the question and think carefully before you answer the question below:
Which camera angle and lenses would you use?
Sara wrote on 2:21 AM - Link - Comments
Friday, October 12
I have zero energy to do anything. I have been opening PSP only to close it right down more times than I care counting, but I just don't have the spark anymore. Lately I have been finding myself just sitting here staring into nothingness, not hearing any of what's going on around me. *sigh* I really need something to happen soon. Unfortunately we won't be able to make anything happen until December 1st when we know whether or not Bob will get sacked or he'll be a lucky one who get to stay in his job. I think it's all the stress of the last month and the next couple of months which have made me feel physically sick the last couple of days.
Santa better show up with something really good for christmas.
Sara wrote on 8:50 PM - Link - Comments
I found out that in immigration cases souch as the one Dh and I are going through, the INS doesn't send out any NOA's. This means that we'll have no clue about our case until we get letters about fingerprinting, medical and the final interview. It is going to be so much fun sitting here waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting.
Sara wrote on 4:46 PM - Link - Comments
Thursday, October 11
Two months and not any sign of life from Nebraska. I wonder if they are still there or if they're just working on an extremely slow pace. I probably outh to formulate a couple of q's about the pace of INS and have DH send them to our congress critters. Something is not right here. K1 people (Fiancee visas) can get the whole process from first application to greencard done in a couple of months.
Sara wrote on 1:22 PM - Link - Comments
Wednesday, October 10
Darn Looks like Topcities is about to go down the drain. They've been offline more than online lately. This might just be the time for me to pull my sites offline for good . :(
Sara wrote on 8:13 PM - Link - Comments
Tuesday, October 9
IT'S A BOY Yesterday my dh's brothers gf gave birth to a bouncing baby boy weighing in at 6 lbs something. We haven't got all the datails yet, but there is nothing as refreshing as new life in the middle of all the happenings lately. :) Now we're waiting for Crissy whose duedate is in December ( couple of days on either side of Christmas Eve).
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Sunday, October 7
I'm starting to get the feeling that I'm too human for my own good :(
Sara wrote on 6:52 PM - Link - Comments
God have mercy on us all, because I have the feeling this is going to get nasty before it's over.
Sara wrote on 12:42 PM - Link - Comments
I must be doing something right with the diet and the exercise I'm getting under my belt. :) We were out clothes shopping today because I needed pants which doesn't fall off me when I walk. When I got home and tried the pants on again (yes I always try the stuff on when I get back home) I discovered that the pants was not a womans size (or how it's measured here) but a petite version of my chosen size. :) That was an even greater pat on my back. *doing a little dance of joy* I still don't know how much weight I have lost (Remember we don't own a scale) so I'll have to wait for my next docs appointment to find out. Just cross your fingers that I'll keep being a looser (in the good sense).
Sara wrote on 12:05 AM - Link - Comments
Friday, October 5
So many times have I had a great new design all figured out and then I come to the navigational parts and it all fall apart because I cannot get a reasonable readable combination of font and color to work in the grand scheme. Maybe I should go and bake some bread instead and make some hot cocoa to go with the bread when it's done. Hmmm sounds like a god idea and consume it all while watching a good movie. :)
Sara wrote on 4:49 PM - Link - Comments
Thursday, October 4
So many times during the last 3 weeks we have been encouraged to turn our life back to normal and go about our lives as we always have done. But how can it be possible when there is nothing to return to since it was all destroyed on September 11 or taken away from us because of different measures put in place to deal with the aftermath.
Sara wrote on 5:40 PM - Link - Comments
Don't have a whole lot to say tonight. Am still keeping the exercising up, but it is getting harder to keep myself motived when I have noone to cheer me long the way.
Sara wrote on 12:08 AM - Link - Comments
Tuesday, October 2
I am starting to get discouraged again. When hubby and I finally were able to submit the immigration application I knew there would be a wait (probably a long one too), but ont he other hand I also knew that things would finally start to move forward a little when getting the workpermit. Things did move a little but only to the poin of getting a SSN and a joint bank account. Rest of it came to sudden stop at September 11 when those planes hit the WTC. For the next 3 months I won't be able to do the DL thing and look for work either. Hubbys employer is going to lay off 2600 (which is not many compared to some companies) people, but since he is in a guarenteed employment period we will not know for sure until early next year whether or not this is going to hit us too. Therefore we will have to act as if he is going to get laid off and adjust our level of activity accordingly.
Guess I'll just have to get used to the thought of being caged up for more months to come :(
Sara wrote on 5:52 PM - Link - Comments
Monday, October 1
Darn blogger. Ate a long post of mine. Guess it not even liked what I had to say, but then I'm also just a lowlevel non American. :(
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