George Bush is taking a stroll around Capitol Hill with a senior member of Congress when he meets a little girl carrying a small basket with a blanket over it.
Curious, he says to the girl; "What's in the basket?".
She replies; "New baby kittens" and opens the basket to show him.
"How nice" said Bush. " What kind are they?".
The little girl says, "Republicans."
Bush smiles and pats the little girl on the head and they continue on.
About three weeks later, he and another Congressional colleague are again strolling around Capitol Hill when he sees the little girl again with the same basket.
Bush says to his colleague; "Watch this, it's very cute", and they approach the little girl.
Bush asks the girl how the kittens are and she says fine.
He then says, "What kind of kittens are they?" and she replies,"Democrats."
Somewhat abashed, Bush says, "Three weeks ago you said they were Republicans!"
"I know," she says, "But now their eyes are open."
"This silver pendant can be interpreted either as a Christian cross or a Thor's hammer. The beast's head incorporated into the pendant is unusual for amulets of this type. Found near Fossi, Iceland. Photograph (photo on left/top) copyright by the National Museum of Iceland."
from Thor, the Viking Thunder God.
More about Thor's Hammer.
"The Thor's Hammer is one of the most widely known Heathen symbols. It is worn by many modern Heathens as a public declaration of their Troth (their trust in the Old Gods). Thor's Hammer is primarily a protective talisman. It symbolises Thor's might to protect human kind and the Earth.
Other meanings of the Hammer of Thor are lightning, fertility, holiness, and sanctification. Some modern Heathen groups use blessed Hammers to hallow ritual space in all directions before rites. A well known historic use of the Hammer was to place it in the lap of a bride to bless her with fertility."
from Heathen Symbols.
I've gotten a few compliments on it already. :)
Today's my birthday. And not just any birthday, but a "big" one. I got a pedicure this morning (why not start with some pampering) and later on I'll be going to a work bbq with a friend and those silly people I work with. Should be fun.
Right now I think I might take my book and curl up on the porch in the sun for a little bit.
The house closed today. We got about what I'd estimated we'd get based on the info we had about fees, etc. Brad and I still have to pick up some stuff that's in the garage, but that'll all be done tomorrow and we'll leave them the final key and garage door opener.
The couple who bought our house is really nice. Brad and I gave them all kinds of info about the town of Elizabeth, ISPs, random things about the house, etc. I also left them my cell phone number in case they think of something else they need answered.
I'm glad they got the house. And they seemed very happy to be getting the house.
Brad's going to email and check up on Peri tomorrow. Hopefully he's adjusted well to his new family. The cats seem to be very happy in my apartment now.
Well, that was a lot of fun. Really. Ok, so maybe not. I'm actually most of the way unpacked already. I need to get some bookshelves and my new mattress and then I'll just have a handful of boxes left. Tomorrow I should get my phone activated and we have the house closing. There is still some stuff out at the house (2 trips worth) but the house is cleaned up and ready to turn over.
Anyway, I have to go back to work tomorrow so I'd better go get ready for bed. :kiss2:
(posting from work)
So the movers we hired? Yup, went out of business. Yup. Didn't call either. Surprise.
They were supposed to show up on Sunday at 9, but knowing how far out of town we live, I figured they'd show closer to 10. After packing some odds and ends, I sat on the couch to read (figuring if I fell asleep, I'd get up soon when the movers arrived (and Brad was getting his apartment keys)). At a little before 11, I woke up and realized that they didn't show. I called a friend to try to find the number for the movers and while I was doing that Brad got home.
We ended up having to get the friend to sign into Brad's mail account and get phone number. Turns out that their phone was disconnected.
Amazingly UHaul had a 26' truck available on Sunday. We gathered up 4 friends and loaded up all of the boxes and both beds and moved them to our new places. On Tuesday, Starving Students (movers) come and move all of the furniture and then the moving escapade will be over!
This is the last weekend we'll be in this house. We've gotten most everything packed up (good thing, eh?) but tomorrow will be a busy day. Of course, I have a nail appointment in the morning and my "it's been 8 weeks" cut and color appointment right after that but still, everything will get done.
The movers show up at 9 am on Sunday.
My co-worker came over and took away the washer and dryer. Another one is coming over tomorrow for the deck furniture, lawn mower, snow blower, weed whacker and fridge.
Right now I'm copying off stuff from the network that I want copies of.
I have my new phone number, but it won't be hooked up until 8/25-ish. I should be getting cable tv & Internet on 8/24 (in theory) so I'll have some offline time (which is fine since I'll need to unpack anyway). Our house closes on 8/25 and we got the word that the buyers' buyers are confirmed with their new mortgage related stuff.
I'm not really sure what I'm doing on my bday beyond the work bbq. Right now my vote would go for curl up on the couch with a good movie, but that might change next week.
If you are impatient for my new info, leave me an email/comment. I'll be sending out change of address cards/email in the near future.
Guess I'd better find something dinnerish. Brad went out to dinner with friends while I waited for the washer and dryer to get re-homed.
Thud posted this link on IRC tonight:
"So here's the scenario: You're out at a bar, riding transit, or even just walking down the street, and some bozo who desperately wants into your pants starts up a conversation with you. Rather than make a scene or make them upset, you're polite and at least nod at the proper times. Then, of course, they ask you for your number. Except this is 2004, so maybe they ask for your email address instead."