Tuesday, August 22, 2006

New Website - Update your Bloglines

Update your bloglines, I have a new blog URL. Edit: I've had to remove the redirect script, and the URL link. My blog and I are being stalked (according to RI state law), and I'm doing my best to prevent the behavior before beging forced to take it to the next level. eMail me at my yahoo address if you want the new blog addie, or would like more informations about the patterns contained on this site. If you don't know my yahoo addie, just leave a comment on this post, letting me know who you are and why you would like my new URL.

Monday, August 21, 2006

I love my Dad.

I've had a rough few days. Tonight, my Dad sat next to me on the couch, and asked me how I was. With tears in my eyes, I let it all out. Everything. We talked and talked, and he couldn't believe what I was telling him. Not because of anything that I have done, but because of the way that some people choose to lead their lives, and hurt those around them.

My father is the most caring, understanding, unconditionally-loving person I know. I'm so greatful that he and my Mom have raised my brothers and I to be open minded, caring for others, and accepting of who people really are. I know my father loves me, and that no matter what, he will always be there for me.

And that my father also loves the ones I love. I couldn't believe the hurt on his face when I let him know what was going on with someone we both care about. He was devistated to hear the pain and anguish being gone through this very minute, and how we can do nothing about it.

I love my Dad so very much.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

I'm very sorry.

Mrs. J, Please read the email that I have sent you, if you haven't already. With my love, and apologies, Sarah

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Tagged : More Questions about Me

Snagged from Deneen If you want to participate, please copy the questions to your blog 1. If you had to set your own work schedule; 8 hours per day; 5 days per week. Which days and hours would you choose? I like working early, and getting home early - so 4am to noon, Sunday to Thursday. 2. What Reality Show would you be on and why? Big Brother. I love the idea of chilling out all summer long, and having millions of people analyze why I'm brushing my teeth a certain way. 3. What is the last book you read? Number the Stars, by Louis Lowry. It was something my students were reading in school. 4. There are many songs that bring us back to a certain memory. What song(s) do you HATE to hear for that very reason? Better Man, by Pearl Jam 5. If you could go back in time to be any place in world history, what time would you choose and what country / place? 1950's middle class America. I would love to be that steretypical housewife with the two kids waiting for my partner to come home to a clean house and a home cooked meal. I loved the music, the clothes, and the tradition. (Well, other than the not liking gays thing.) 6. Do you know more than one language? Which one(s). Yeah, I can speak, write and understand Spanish and English, (both British and American) and I can understand Portuguese (Azorian dialect). 7. What is your favorite blog? Please link it. One only (Okay, I'll grant you two or three, I'm easy that way). Pink is the new Blog Cute Overload Awful Plastic Surgery, and it's partner Good Plastic Surgery 8. What is your favorite web site? If you mean the one I go to the most, it's msnbc.com 9. Your house is on fire, the people and pets you love are safe and you can grab one other "thing", what are you taking? The teddy bear that my grandfather gave me, that I bring with me when I travel. 10. You have $100 to spend in the next hour. How are you spending it? (Saving it or giving it away not permitted.) A new dress for an upcoming event. If you are participating, thanks so much!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Stamps? Of course you need 'em anyway!

An email from my best bud Kara: Those of you know know me best know that autism awareness is a matter close to my heart. I wanted to let you know (so that you'll pass the word along...) that the new Autism Society of America stamps are coming out this Sept 11th. The Stamps will honor those affected by the tragedy of 9-11, and proceeds (20%!) will go to the Autism Society. For more info - click here. Thanks, and pass it on! Love, Kara Buy some! Buy many!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I need a new button.

I need a button for my new site. If anyone can whip one up for me, I'd be very thankful. What I'm looking for, is something having a symbol for the US, a symbol for the UK, and a rainbow. My "dream" button would be an earth, with a rainbow streatched between the US and the UK. I'd also like the name of my blog (Sarah Moves to England) in it. Just drop me an email - sarahmovestoengland(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mom and Dad's Reaction

Yesterday, I let Mom and Dad know that I'm moving to the UK to be with Emma. I prefaced it by telling them that Emma had been happy at work, and was making more money there than she would be making here for many years. Mom was fine with it. "What an adventure!" and "Well, you're old enough now." She didn't seem to have any problems at all. My Dad cried. At least I think he did. He kept wiping his eyes. He asked me lots of questions - how was I going to earn money, how would I pay for healthcare, can I get over there on the visa I am looking into, what will I do. In the end, I left them to digest for a while. We'll see how today goes.

Monday, August 14, 2006

I'm Moving.

I've waited to publish this decision until after I had talked with my family, but now I'm able to let my readers know. I'm moving to England. When I spent time with Emma this summer, she let me know that she did not want to return to school in the States. Things were going too well for her at home in the UK, and it made more sense for her to remain at home. Since I have been unhappy with my job for a while, it seemed to make sense to move in with her and her family, and save for a home of our own. It makes much more sense on so many levels. Here, Emma had to spend close to $10K a year for tutition and healthcare in order to remain in the country. At home, she gets free healthcare, and has a job making close to $40K a year. Although I am set with a job at the school I am working with, I've hit my limit as far as promotions go. I'd need to go to college for another 2-3 years in order to make the kind of money that would allow me to live as independently as I'd like to. In the UK, the job market is rather open for me. As far as the UK laws go, it is much easier for a homosexual couple to live. We can get married, adopt kids, have a house in both our names, have partner benifits, everything that a married hetero couple in the US can have. Now, don't get me wrong. The UK isn't all sunshine and roses. I have to go through the visa process in order to live there legally. The healthcare system is less skillful than what I am used to. I see my doc about every 3 months here in the States, and I've had the same one since I was about 16. There is this whole "Big Brother" thing about the UK, with all the ID cards, video cameras, and tv cards that kind of freaks me out. Then, there is the whole aspect of leaving my family. Although they are all in good health, there is always the worry that something will happen. I'll miss them like crazy. I've decided to begin a new blog about the process and how I'm dealing with it. Feel free to come and comment, and whatnot. Sarah Moves to England

Weight Loss Update - Week 3

I had two big point meals this week. One morning, I went out for breakfast at Friendly's and got their mushroom, sausage, egg and swiss cheese sandwich, with a side of homefries and an english muffin. That meal alone cost me 36 points. I also went to Applebees, but I stayed under my 24 points that day. There is this whole underground mutation of Weight Watchers called "The Wendie Plan" that I seem to be following without even knowing it. Beginning of week 3 - 186.1 End of week 3 - 184.2 Amount lost week - 1.9 Amount lost total - 6.0

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Anxiety Takes Over

Today's the day I've set aside in my mind to have a discussion with my parents over something pretty major. For the last week, I've been stressing over it, trying to calm myself with "You don't have to worry until Sunday." But Sunday is here, and I still haven't been able to sit down with Mom and Dad. I'm waiting for the "right moment", when they are both relaxing, having a beer, and chilling out on their deck. That moment hasn't come yet. Dad's working on the deck, Mom's in the garden. I was hoping to have it done before Emma calls me tonight, but with that about an hour away, I don't see that happening. My parents go to bed earlyish (8), so I have a pretty short window. I don't want to disrupt their activities with the stereotypical "I need to talk to you" type thing, but I do want to talk to them. I just want to get it over with, and start the process I need to. Talking to them is th first step in that process. I've already had a dry-run with breaking the news to a friend and my brother Abe. My friend's reaction was what I had hoped it would be, my brother's was a little less than enthusiastic. Argh.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Carry On Baggage Isn't Needed

I think I've done trans-atlantic travel more than a dozen times in my life. Even before Sept. 11th, I really was frustrated by the amount of carry-on baggage that some people try and bring into the cabin. I realize that there are impatient people out there that don't like to wait the 10-20 mintes it takes go to and get your baggage from the claim area, so you just cram it all into a smallish suitcase and hope you can get it on the plane. I know I've had a few close connections where I had to bring my bags through customs before hopping on another plane, and it would have been easier just to avoid that whole mess with carry on. But really, it's just not needed. Seriously - why do you need shampoo on your carry on? I've tried to clean myself in those itty bitty sinks in the airplane lavs. You're not going to get a decent rinse. Need contact lense solution? Wear your glasses. That's what I do. You're not going to get a sunburn on the plane, so pack the sunblock. I know that there is pressure to look your best as you leave the plane. No one can say that they want to have bed-head when you see your girlfriend for the first time in four months. I have this silly solution. If I look that bad, I stop by the lav after I get my baggage and sort myself out, or I wear a bandana on my head. No need to pack any gel or mousse. Yes, I get as bored on 8 hour flights as anyone else. I can see the attraction to bring your iPod or portable DVD player. I praise the DVD gods for those little tvs that keep the kiddies on the plane quiet. But, as a teacher, I was introduced to these wonderful things called books. Coloring books, SuDoKu books, story books, crosswords, magazines, there are loads of non-battery powered items for your entertainment. This is the best time to "spoil" your son with those video game mags, skateboard catalogues, and comic books. Your teenie girl might like those baby-Vogue type mags. Break out those mini-tubs of Play-doh. (And you don't have to clean the carpet!) A deck of cards goes far, too. I know that some people use this time to catch up on work on their laptop - I've got no solution for that one, yet. Drinks are a toughie. I know I get pretty dried out when I fly, but that can all be solved by one thing: ask the stweards for some water. Yeah, my skin dries out too, but I honestly never thought of packing my $30 moisturizer in my carry on. I just load it on before I leave, and load in on when I land. I have one of those old-fashioned train cases that I always use for my carry on. It's about a foot across and six inches deep. It fits right under the seat in front of me. I carry my meds, a bottle of water, my wallet, passport and tickets, lip balm, gum, a skein of yarn and my fav crochet hook. I can deal with getting rid of most of that, to make the lines a bit smaller at the airports. The day might come sooner than later that carry on bags are at a strict minimum. Keep the meds, the baby formula, the juice for the little ones. Get rid of the rest. I welcome that day.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Jajah's Free Phone Calls

I usually don't advertise stuff in my blog posts, but I came across something today that I have to share. I found a way to make free phone calls. Real phone calls, on real phones - no headsets, no prepaid stuff. http://www.jajah.com I registered with the site, and had to fill out a very short forum with my info. I didn't have to put in any info like credit cards or SSNs, just my phone number, and my email addie. I emailed Emma, and she did the same. Then, I called her. The way it works, is that you input the number you want to call. Jajah calls you, then connects you to the person you are calling. Most land-line to land-line phones are free. They make their money other ways, (sms messaging, calls to mobile phones, etc.) You can read their FAQ here. It really does sound too goo to be true, but I did some research, and I didn't find anyone outting them as scammers.

The Big One

In case you haven't heard, British authorities have thrawted a major plot to blow up trans-atlantic flights leaving the UK. According to MSNBC.com, it was supposed to take place close to the 5 year anniversary of September 11th. It involved 10 planes, and they were supposed to explode simuntaneously. The plot targeted flights on United, Continental, American, and British Airways. US officials are calling this the "Big One". Emma and her Grandmother are scheduled to fly one of those airlines, from England, to a major hub in the USA, on September 2nd. I've never had any problems with extra security measures. Today, you can't have any carry-on items, except perscription drugs, baby formula, and juice for small children. These items need to be carried onto the plane in a transparent plastic bag. No electronics at all, no beverages, no books or newspapers, no makeup or hair products, no toothpaste. All of these things need to go into your checked baggage, or the trash. It looks like that the lines are massive, but the folks seem to be understanding. I've been flying for years now. Emma flew 3 weeks after September 11th. I think I'm more nervous now than I was then. Just now, it came across the tv that there was an attempted hijacking of a Qatar Airways flight that has been foiled. Al Jazeera interviewed the people on the plane, and were told that the individual was mentally disabled, and that in fact, it might not have been an actual hijacking attempt. Just another thing to worry about on this chaotic day.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Weight Loss Update - Week 1 & 2

I started off the week well. I was really hungry for the first few days, but then I think my body got used to the lack of being full 24/7. Beginning weight - 190.2 End of week 1 - 186.8 Amount lost week 1- 3.4 Amount lost total - 3.4 Then I went camping. I'm really pleased that I lost any weight at all, figuring all the crap that I ate. I still stayed on program, though. Beginning of week 2 - 186.8 End of week 2 - 186.1 Amount lost week - 0.7 Amount lost total - 4.1

Alphabet Mind Games.

I have this thing where I can't sleep at night unless there is noise going on. While camping, I did not have the luxury of keeping a tv on all night to be sure that I get a good night's sleep. But, I have found a game that for some reason, helped me from going insane with sleeplessness. I went through lists of things, making one for each letter of the alphabet. Letters in brackets are ones that I wasn't able to come up with. I would appreciate anyone's help on missing words. Round 1: Animals of the Alphabet ape, babboon, cow, dog, elephant, fawn, gibbon, hawk, iguana, jaguar, kangaroo, lemur, monkey, newt, orangutan, pig, quail, rat, snake, tiger, [u, v,] walrus, [x,] yeti, zebra Round 2: Foods of the Alphabet apple, banana, carrot, date, egg, fig, ginger, horseradish, ice cream, jello, ketchup, lemon, meatballs, orange, peas, quail, rice, spaghetti, tea, [u,] veal, watermelon, [x,] yam, zabaione Those were from the first night. After that, I was only able to do one round a night before I fell asleep. Round 3: Four syllable words of the Alphabet architecture, biology, cantankerous, detrimental, elephantine, Floridian, geology, hypodermic, institution, juvenile, Kangamangus, labotomy, mechanical, narcissistic, obviously, pressurizing, quarentining, romanticize, sympathetic, tyrannical, uintended, varigated, [w,] xenophobic, [y,] zoology Round 4: Five syllable words of the Alphabet alienation, biological, creationism, demonology, ecological, fraternization, geological, hysterectomy, irrationally, juxtoposition, [k], luminocity, methodology, necrophelia, oligarcical, patriotism, quintessentialy, reciprocity, systematically, trigonometry, unbelievable, vigilantism, westernization, xenophobia, [y], zoological

Back home from Camping

Hey all. I'm back from camping. Obviously, I wasn't able to blog while I was gone. My tricky father "mistakenly" told me that there was internet, when, alas, there was not. It was a good get away, nothing too exciting happened, save the bear walking through out campsite. More on that later. Wed., Day 1: Dad, Paige, and I (in the RV), Mom (in the truck), Abe and Rachel (in Rachel's car) were the beginning convoy to the campsite. We stayed at the Lost River Campsite, in Woodstock, NH. I do recommend it to anyone. Aaron drove up later that night, and stayed with us. After we set up the site, we chilled out around the campground. I slept in the tent that Abe and Rachel had set up. Thurs., Day 2: Aaron went home that morning. He had to work. Abe, Rachel, and I drove to the top of Mt. Washington. Little did we realize that it was going to cost $34 to get to the top. It was 98'F at the base, 56"F at the top. Although it was very foggy and misty, it was still a cool drive. I slept in the single tent that Aaron left behind. Fri., Day 3: Abe and Rachel went home. Saul and Grandma drove up to spend the day with us. I spent the day with Paige at the RV while everyone else went exploring. I made dinner that night, good ole campfire style. Five packets of chicken, onions, and potatoes in foil packets. Two flavored with BBQ, two with Buffalo, and one plain one, and tossed onto coals to cook. Everyone said it came out perfectly. I was rather impresed. To top it off, I crafted a reflector oven out of a cardboard beer case, and tin foil, and baked up some chocolate chip cookies. I slept in the RV so that Saul could have the tent for himself. Tonight began the marathon alphabet games in my head. (More on those in my next blog post.) Sat., Day 4: Saul and Grandma went home. While cleaning up from lunch, a juvenile bear walked through our campsite. Mom saw it first, and screamed. She grabbed Paige and ran into the RV. Only once she was in did she let me know she saw a bear and told me to take cover. I ran into the RV with everyone. Paige started groweling. It was getting closer, and I remembered what I read in the pamphlet that the campsite owners gave us - make noise to scare it away. I clapped my hands, it crossed back over the river, and left us alone for the rest of our time there. Sun., Day 5: For the first time in many years, it was just my Mom, Dad, and I on vacation. We packed up the truck, and headed to a local gorge to play in the water. I found a way to travel down about 100 meters on natural rock-waterslides, and the rest of the people who were at the same spot followed my lead. Paige got so excited, and wanted to go down too, but Dad thought it best that she not. I got some sun, which is rare for me. Mon., Day 6: It poured the night before, so instead of going out like we had planned, we ended up watch my Lost dvd's all morning, and packing up the site to go home. Dad did about 75mph the whole drive home, so we made pretty decent time. I have pics. I'll post them laters.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Tagged : Odd things about Me

Su tagged me again. Six things that I do that other people think is odd: I bring a rather large teddy bear with me everytime I fly. It began as a security thing, but I've learned that it is probably the best airplane pillow anyone could ever make. Everytime I have a "good" (read heavy) night out drinking, I do my best to eat a cheeseburger before I go to bed. Even if it's 4am, I'm exhausted, and full of booze, I need a burger. It's the one true hangover-preventative I've found that works for me. I hate wearing things on my feet. As soon as the weather is somewhat warm, (March-ish) I wear sandals. When I'm home, I'm barefoot. I usually try my best to hold off wearing real shoes until October. I've been wearing the same pair of earrings for about 4 years now. I do take them out to clean a few times a year, but these are one of the few pairs I've ever had that don't hurt my ears. I can squirt water through the hole in my face - my labret piercing. I've owned every animal that I am allergic to, as a pet: cat, dog, bird, and hamster. Okay. Now I'm tagging Kara, Deneen, Kelly, and Abe-O.

Camping Trip!

I'm going camping in New Hampshire tomorrow. It's a big ole family thing. I'm going with the puppy Paige, Mom, Dad, three brothers, one soon-to-be-sisiter-in-law, Grandma, and possibly friends of said brothers. We got two camping sites, and my father rented a wicked RV. I was a little upset that I wouldn'y be able to talk to Emma for a week (unless I used my cell phone - UBER charges), but then my father lets me know the good news. THE RV HAS INTERNET! Can you believe it? I thought these things barely had running water. I'm so psyched now. I'm bringing the laptop, and will be a fully functional blogger during this time. Woot.
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