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Friday, February 06, 2004
A BlogMadness 2003 Update

By now you have probably heard that I am participating in BlogMadness 2003. I seriously didn't think I would get this far. It is down to 8 in the elimination bracket of my group. You might want to stop by and get in on the voting action.

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Friday Five

1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done? I am so not daring it isn't even funny

2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of? I can't even think of one thing because I am so NOT a risk taker...maybe get a tattoo...but then there is the pain and needles and fear parts that I would have to worry about

3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle) -1

4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky? The only thing that I can think of is that I bought my car on a whim....but that isn't really bold or risky is it? It is more of stupid.

5. ... and what's the worst? Again...not a risk taker...the only thing I can really think of is when I decided to give roller skating a try again several years ago and took a bad fall...I was bruised and sore for a month.

posted by Amy on 2/06/2004 01:59:00 PM | link

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Here Comes The Tax Man

Ah...what is it that they say...there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes???

Well on Jan 22nd I telefiled my Federal taxes and I e-filed my state taxes. When I checked my possible refund dates online: the feds gave me Feb. 10th, and the state said: We do not have record of your tax return. Damnation. So...I today I looked at my online bankstatement and was pleased to find I had received my federal return early. Yey!!!! Still no word on my state refund though. So...I called the Franchise Tax board. Damnation- they never got my e-file. Urg. I am going to try again on Monday. We will see if I can actually get the e-file to work. I had a feeling that it wasn't going to work...for some reason...the damn state franchise tax board has it in for me. For the last four years I haven't been able to e-file or telefile for the state because they either spelled my name wrong (Yam May and Yma) and last year they had my date of birth down as April 14th 1975. No where near the right date (Jan 14 1974) so I had to get that fixed. So I thought I would be set this year...but it didn't go through anyways. I will try to e-file on Monday and if it doesn't go through this time I am going to go ahead and paper file.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Take Note Would-Be Suitors

I would rather have just one of these:

Than a whole box of other possibly crappy candy. That would be the See's Candy Butterscotch Square. Sinfully delightful! My very favoritest candy ever made anywhere! Whoo Hoo.

posted by Amy on 2/04/2004 06:06:00 PM | link

BADGROOVE has a new home: You should be redirected. I have a financial advisor

Yesterday I had my one hour "free" consultation with my possible financial advisor. I liked what I heard...even though some of it...(ok- a lot of it) sounded like it was in a different language.

We talked about things like: Building a cash reserve, debt management, insurance needs (including making the most out of my work benefits-which I think is majorly cool), income tax assessments, building equity for eventual house purchases, retirement and estate planning (I, personally, feel I am WAY too young to think about it...but I might as well get it out of the way for now).

So...I hired my financial advisor- frankly...the price was right and I need help. I would have never thought about it because in my head I am too young to starting thinking about this stuff...but she made me see that this is the PERFECT time to start looking at this stuff because "I have a good 25-30 years to start preparing for retirement".

She is currently licensed only in the states of CA and NV to practice...she is young (my age), working as part of one of the largest financial institutions in the world and looking to build a client base of her own. The hour consulation is FREE you are under NO OBLIGATION...and I get major brownie points with her if I can just refer her a couple of consults (you pay nothing for the consults but she gets credit at work for them). So if you are looking for someone to help you develop a definite financial plan or just have some questions- drop me a line with your contact information at

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Where in the world is my...

Size I crochet hook? I need it and I can't find it anywhere. Don't make me go to the craft store tonight and replace you!!!!

How is it that I can not find the hook I need but I have two H hook and Two J hooks and NO I???? Urg.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2004
Burning Out or Watching Too Much GSN...You decide

Lately when finishing up with a caller I have an incredible urge to yell out "YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK...GOODBYE!" before I hang up.

I might need professional help.

posted by Amy on 2/03/2004 01:49:00 PM | link

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Blogmadness 2003 Update I lost my last round in Blogmadness...but I was up against a really good entry. Anyway...I am currently in the Round 2 Eliminations for the group free to take a look around and vote for what you like.

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Monday, February 02, 2004
A meme because I feel like it
A very interesting meme snagged from ChastityCatt. If you play...leave me a comment so I know.

Copy this whole list into your journal.
Bold the things that you have in common with me.
Whatever you don't bold, replace with things about you.

I love strawberries.
Bookstores are my favorite places to shop.
I drink way too much soda.
I love pens.
I love beagles.
I love it when I get some free time, with absolutely no obligation other than sitting and being alone in my own thoughts.
I like making lists.
I love eat pizza.
I don't wear much makeup.
I wear only silver jewelry.
I have glasses, but I don't wear them much.
I can't stand the smell of most perfumes.
I am an older sibling.
I have never been to china.
I like to sing in the car.
I am a beginning crocheter.
I often forget to take my vitamins.
I own more books than I have bookshelves to put them on. (a lot more)
I still dig 80s hair bands.
I wash my hands often.
I love my family.
I work in a different town than which I live.
I love stained glass tiffany lamps.
I can sew buttons.
I love to read.
I like coloring books.
I will kick the next person who asks, "Is the internet down?"
I have very dry skin in the winter.
I enjoy being lazy.
I would enjoy a vacation to someplace warm.
I haven't seen my natural hair color since I was a teenager.
I am planning a trip to hawaii.
I get to go home in an hour.
I need to exercise more.
I own half a dozen pairs of sketchers.
I watch Survivor.
I have more than six email accounts...all with different passwords.
I have been lost in the woods.
I am still looking for Mr. Right.
I love to eat.
I prefer the West Coast.
I am in love with Josh Duhamel.
I don't go to the doctor as often as I should.
I ignore all aspects of office politics.
I wear contacts.
I have very strange dreams most nights.
I watch cartoons in the morning.
I have worked for the same company for over five years.
I want to go back to Disneyland.
I have a sock-buying fetish...I have a whole drawer of them.
I hope i get a raise this year!

posted by Amy on 2/02/2004 06:11:00 PM | link

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How do they know?

How do "they" (the customers at work) know when I have removed my headset? How?? Regardless of the reason I take it off (whether I am about to get up and go off somewhere or if it is just making me uncomfortable) they inevitably call right when I have taken it off.

I wish I had a wireless one.

posted by Amy on 2/02/2004 05:40:00 PM | link

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What I have been up to

Mostly- I have been procrastinating. Procrastinating starting SEVERAL different craft projects including: another baby afghan that is identical to the one I just finished because I decided I wanted to enter one in the fair, a blanket that is done entirely in single crochet that involves many many color changes (it is a pattern), I have scrunchies to make, a paint by number painting that was probably way to ambitious but I decided to givei t a whirl anyway, and snowflakes to crochet for next year's tree. None of which I started.

Besides that I spent the weekend cleaning, guest posting, and feeling like I am getting sick. I think I may be allergic to Roxy. I dunno how I could have her this long and not know it. Plus...she is shedding like a beast dog latey...or it could just be my yearly sinus trouble. Who knows?

posted by Amy on 2/02/2004 05:38:00 PM | link

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Guest Posting

As I mentioned on Friday...I was given guest-posting rights on Pete's website. It was a very unexpected but very welcomed surprise...and I had a lot of fun with it.

First I posted about finding a Pete-Worthy Post.
Then I posted about an exploding whale.
Next I posted about the Superbowl.
I also posted about Commercials.
And finally...I welcomed Pete back from his trip to CA.

I felt the best guest post was by ETS about Toliet Paper...but Manny's bid to auction off genuine pete-used sheets made me laugh.

And the best part was Pete had kind words to say about all our posts upon his return. WhooHoo.

posted by Amy on 2/02/2004 04:39:00 PM | link

Getting Around

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"Sometimes- I just have to go off on the stupid"--me

"Great minds think like me"--from ETS

Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people's flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very Stubborn and money cautious.
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