There's Always Room for Jill-o
03 January 2013 @ 09:47 pm
Welcome to my LiveJournal! Here are some answers to common questions.
This entry will always be at the top of my blog. Go to the next entry to see the latest happenings.

Q: Huhhuh. You still use Livejournal. 2005 called and wants their social media back! Why do you still use LJ and not Facebook?
A: I'm not a fan of Facebook. Facebook, to me, seems to be about quantity and not quality... quantity of posts, and quantity of interactions and quantity of "Likes." LiveJournal forces me to slow down, think about what I want to say, and say it as well as I can. For short-form social media interaction, I prefer Twitter. My handle is "xtingu" over there as well. I auto-import my tweets to LJ, so you can get pretty much everything I create here.

Q: Who is allowed to comment on your journal?
A: Anyone with a LiveJournal, Facebook, Twitter, or OpenID account can comment in my journal. I turned off the ability for people to post replies anonymously because spammers were clogging things up. Also, when people post anonymously, I don't have a way of knowing who is replying (hence: anonymous), and you (as the anonymous poster) don't get notified if anyone replies to your comment. So log in! Yes, you really can use your Facebook login here on LiveJournal! Read the instructions on the comment page; it's easy.

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Q: Where'd you get your username from?Collapse )

Q: Aren't you in a band?Collapse )

Q: Didn't you have a blog somewhere else once?Collapse )

That's it! I hope you'll consider interacting with me via my LiveJournal using your LiveJournal, Facebook, Twitter, or OpenID login.

Thanks for stopping by.
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09 July 2014 @ 12:03 pm
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08 July 2014 @ 12:04 pm
  • Mon, 15:39: Dear @snopes -- You provide a great service, but the pop-up ads are really, really bad form, ESPECIALLY on mobile. Come on. Not cool.
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06 July 2014 @ 12:03 pm
  • Sat, 14:40: Head-on collision on Marsh/Millers in north Wilmington. Emergency crews were on the scene within 60 secs. Scary. #netDE
  • Sat, 18:09: RT @Casarino: Biology basically kept me inside all week. Today, a horrible accident has shut down my street. Suddenly, bad biology ain't so…
  • Sat, 21:25: Double-fatal accident right in front of our house today closing down the street all day. Another accident on 95N at the DE/PA line. STOP IT.
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06 July 2014 @ 11:29 am
"When somebody provokes your anger, the only reason you get angry is because you’re holding on to how you think something is supposed to be. You’re denying how it is."

(From here.)

Just thought this was a neat quote worth sharing. I'm not angry about anything so this doesn't really apply to me right now, but I just liked the power of the message in such simple words. I'm sure I'll need it at some point. :)

Posted with my thumbs via LjBeetle. Please forgive typos, poor formatting, and wonky links.
Current Mood: happy
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05 July 2014 @ 12:03 pm
  • Fri, 19:05: Wild America at The Knappshack. Rescued a toad from a snake, released toad in creek, gave snake a consolation prize farm-fresh chicken egg.
  • Fri, 21:02: RT @RodneyAnon: Only one hour until an episode of RATYHTL so thick with entertainment that you'll want to snort it with a fork.
  • Sat, 00:32: Hey #netDE: Go open your windows. Really. (And then keep 'em open for the next three days.) Best weather EVARRR! #dewx
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03 July 2014 @ 12:03 pm
  • Wed, 14:34: I can't wait until I'm old enough where my nieces and nephew can only think to get me dusting powder and/or a blanket as a gift. #oldlady
  • Wed, 20:19: And there goes the power in north Wilmington. #boom #netde #dewx #stormde
  • Wed, 20:21: Holy crap! What creepy-arse color is the sky right now? It's like Mickey Rooney Green or something.
  • Thu, 00:42: RT @NWS_MountHolly: 12:15AM: Thunderstorm going through northern Delmarva is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Wind gusts above 70 mph possible. #dewx #…
  • Thu, 02:18: Ka-blam again! Man, that'll wake you up. #netDE
  • Thu, 10:42: Ah yes. The 30+ min wait in the waiting room of my hematologist's office. But the good news: Petting the therapy dog!
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02 July 2014 @ 12:03 pm
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01 July 2014 @ 12:03 pm
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28 June 2014 @ 12:02 pm
  • Fri, 13:37: Email is like sending a letter to my house. I will get it. Leaving me a FB msg is like leaving me a post-it on a soup can in a grocery store.
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27 June 2014 @ 12:03 pm
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26 June 2014 @ 12:03 pm
  • Wed, 12:19: Well great. That was a crappy night's sleep for the biggest presentation of my life today. Bright side: I'll sleep well on the plane tonight
  • Thu, 01:29: Best thing about owning my own 1-person company is that I get to make my corp policies. Flying a red-eye? 1st class only. Can't buck policy!
  • Thu, 01:33: I rarely ever do extravagant things; I'm simple. But a coast-to-coast redeye requires comfort, even if the rest of the month = ramen.
  • Thu, 01:51: Nighty-night, Twitterverse. :)
  • Thu, 07:20: OK @Delta, your safety video is pretty dang cute. :)
  • Thu, 11:58: Didn't sleep on the red-eye, which means I've officially been awake and functional for over 24 hours. Play me off, sleepydrugs.
  • Thu, 12:01: RT @robleto: Advice from 30-Year-Old Me to 20-Year-Old Me
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25 June 2014 @ 12:03 pm
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24 June 2014 @ 02:49 pm
Huge accident on 95North, so we were hella late getting me to the airport. I was worried I was gonna miss my flight. After some Google Maps magic, we snaked through Chester and got to the airport about 6 minutes before my flight was boarding.

So I'm booking through the blessedly-short security line and A female TSA agent at the Philly Airport yelled to me from a few rows away, "Excuse me..." to me and I thought "Craaaaaaap... please don't choose me for a random pat-down, today of all days..."

But instead, she said, "Excuse me, but did you sing karaoke at the Adobe Cafe a few weeks ago?"
"Yes, why?"
"You sang the MOST AMAZING version of Mr. Roboto! We're still talking about it! It was hilarious!"
I said, "Gaaah! You just totally made my whole month!"

Yaaaay! I love everything. :)

So, many thanks to swingchickie and her Swearaeoke Party! I feel so famous. :-D

I'm telling you, if I ever dyed my hair a normal color, I'd become totally invisible.

OK, off to Phoenix for a quick 55 min layover, and then off to California for a whole 26 hours. I'll be home Thursday morning.

ps: There was a bird! :)

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Current Mood: slappy
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24 June 2014 @ 01:24 am
Work stuffCollapse )

Flight stuffCollapse )

Matt's elbow stuffCollapse )

Neighborhood / house stuffCollapse )

So that's the news in the big city. I'm going to sleep now. See you in a few days!
Current Mood: sleepy
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23 June 2014 @ 12:03 pm
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22 June 2014 @ 12:03 pm
  • Sat, 12:17: RT @johnmartz: DID YOU KNOW: Every fifteen minutes, somewhere on the planet, a graphic designer is turning the J in JAZZ into a saxophone.
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20 June 2014 @ 12:03 pm
  • Thu, 18:25: Ah Seattle. As soon as I feel kinda edgy with my platinum blonde mohawk, a chick boards the train wearing an *actual wolf's face as a hat.*
  • Thu, 20:33: My nutritionist said "Potatoes & corn don't count as veggies; count 'em as starches w/barely any nutritional value." #NoBeigeFood
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19 June 2014 @ 12:03 pm
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19 June 2014 @ 12:56 am
Went to get mah hairz did, and HOLY CRAP I LOVE MY NEW HAIRDO! Sadly, no pix because I'm in bed right now. Maybe tomorrow from the plane. (We're heading to Seattle for a wedding; we'll be gone for a whopping 72 hours. Conveniently, I have a house sitter because my pal is having some work done to his place... so don't bother trying to rob me.)

My pal Lori always has the best haircuts, but she's got the kind of artsy job where it can be 1000 different colors and shapes and it's always acceptable.

But then I thought, "Screw it. If I wanna have nutty hair I'm gonna have nutty hair. And if someone is gonna judge me negatively because I have nutty hair, they can suck it." So I showed my stylist these photos (1, 2, and 3) and he immediately got out the clipper and buzzed my head... so I've basically got a mohawk now. I'm not shaved down to skin on the sides, but what's left can't be any longer than a half-inch.

It's actually a pretty versatile cut. He texturized the top so If I wanna go full mohawk my hair will support itself with a touch of product, but I can also flop the top over and it looks really fun and totally perfect for work. I can also tie the top park back... and I can also blow-dry it with a round brush and give it this amazing pompadour-type thing, which will only get cooler as I get more length on the top.

You can tell from those photos that Lori has got a lot more hair than I do (like more follicles per square inch) and the top part of her hair is much longer too (and her sides are a touch longer, too)... but we're gonna try to grow mine out to get it as long as hers on top. I'm not sure how long we'll be able to get the top section because every time we touch up the roots, some bleach invariably gets on the already-bleached section and weakens it a bit... so it may not ever get that long. I'm OK with that, though. I may also try to do the fringey sideburns she's got going on, but I hate the way my glasses get all tangled up in them, so I probably won't, because I'm not willing to ditch my glasses for contacts just for a haircut.

Today we also bleached the sides of my head, but we didn't leave the bleach on as long because we didn't want the line to be impossibly sharp once my roots start growing out (tomorrow). This cut will require a lot of maintenance, but it looks so damn cool it's worth it. We bleached the crap out of the top of my head, though... so that's still nice and white.

This is NOT what I look like.

In other news, here is an animated gif ( ) of a llama reacting poorly to a pair of animated sunglasses being applied to him. I cannot stop watching this. I don't care about the words on the gif, but the way he bounces around is RIDICULOUS and awesome.

I would like a pet llama.

OH! One more thing...

Green eggs, right from the chicken!So my awesome pal Ray (aka 762nato has a friend who has a small-ish farm in Delaware (sorta on the border of Newark DE and Elkton MD), and in addition to veggies, she raises chicken, cattle, and pigs (and maybe ducks?). Ray buys his eggs, bacon, and grass-fed beef (!!) from her. I learned that different breeds of chickens can lay funky-colored eggs. I always thought eggs were either white or brown, but green eggs are actually a thing... and they are TASTY things! Ray brought some to me, and Matt cooked with them, and they are wonderful. The yolks are more on the orange side of yellow, and they're firmer and creamier, too. I never had a farm-fresh egg before, and just like garden tomatoes, they're a totally different thing than their store-bought counterpart. Lordy lordy! SO GOOD!

But... the best thing about these chickens is that their owner (Ray's friend) knows about my chicken problem... and she said she'd be more than happy to let me come hang out in her yard and cover myself with tomatoes and apples and be in a giant chicken pile. (If you mention chicken poop in your reply I will be annoyed. DO NOT ruin my moment.)

OK, it's late, and the car is coming to pick us at 7:45am. swingchickie will already have had three business trips and a manicure by that time. :)

See you crazy kids soon!
Current Location: the hizzle
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Matt writing a new song in the next room (maybe to be called "Going Your Way")