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wonderful day!! Happy Birthday Mom!!!

December 30th, 2007 at 11:03 pm

Today is my momís birthday. While we wanted to celebrate her birthday with all the family tonight my older sister Alice is sick with the stomach flu so we are going to do it Wednesday.

I surprised my mom with second row tickets for riverdance on Christmas and they were for today. She loved it, has tears in her eyes when it started she was so excited. We saw them about 10 years ago so she was excited to see how it had changed. It was a wonderful performance. If you ever get a chance to see it, do it!

We had lunch before hand at Panera and then the show (matinee) then she suggested she buy us dinner. We had a light dinner (light on entree but good dessert) at the Tower Cafe here in Sacramento. Great meal and great desserts. We had a simply wonderful day.

Since the birthday dinner thing was postponed I cleaned out one box in my room and straightened a little. I have so much I need to organize or get rid of it is a joke. I made the decision to toss a few things (or recycle) but need to do so much more. Slowly and surely it will be cleaned up and organized.

Need to decide what I am going to study this spring but I am waiting to find out my grade in my mandarin course first. Do I retake the first class or can I move to class 1.5? (a half step higher). I wish I knew.

calculator issue fixed & lovely rainy day

December 29th, 2007 at 10:06 pm

I finally got the calculator working (thanks monkey mama!!)

Long day of nothing and I loved it. I had the best day just finishing two books and enjoying a quiet house with no roommates or anyone around. A great book that I enjoyed immensely is the Glass House by Jeannette Walls. Simply a well written novel memoir funny, touching, just good. There were things I could identify with in so many ways. Something from my child hood (early 80ís) if you see the street lights come on in the summer you are late! That was a rule at our house and she mentions it. Just lots of funny little lines I think a lot of people would identify with from their childhood. The first sentence grabs you! Read it if you have a chance.

The other books was just a trashy novel by an author I like to read when I want to think about nothing and let me mind veg out.


I love to read when it is a gloomy rainy day. Cleaned a little to make it seem I was doing more than just reading away the entire day: laundry, cleaning my room (only a little looks worse than before!), grocery shopping. But to me it was a perfect day!

Screwy Calculator, monkey mama can you help me?

December 29th, 2007 at 12:58 am

So I am playing around with the paycheck calendar for CA state employees to determine what my take home salary will be next year.

It does not make sense! Are there lots of changes to the tax codes for next year or something?

It says that if I put away 500 a month more the difference in my paychecks is only about 30 dollars? Even better if I was to leave everything the way it was for another year I would take home an extra 250 a month?? How does that work?

I am ready to call Monkey Mama and ask her opinion or have her play around with the calculator because I cannot figure it out to save my life! It just does not make sense.

I have checked all the deductions and made sure that the things I have taken out (health, dental, eyes etc) are the same amounts as they are not changing next year but it does not make sense!
Help!!

I don't want to wait until feb and a new check to find out i have shorted myself more than i should and am screwed until i can change the deductions again.

Contrary one

December 15th, 2007 at 12:02 pm

I noticed while catching up on my reading that i had not seen anything from Contrary one in a while.

Is she ok? She was one of my top 5 reads each day.

thanks-