I'm Laura. I am a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, a seamstress, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic. She/her.


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The changing of a name.

Posted at 15 Oct 2008 01:07:08 PM

My brain feels like it's on a 20 second time delay today. I type something stupid, and then don't think about it until half a minute later when I suddenly think "Wait, what did I say? No no no, that wasn't right!"

Two weeks later, and I'm still getting used to my new name. I confess that I haven't switched much of anything to the new one - my file templates and the like are all still LHT, my CVS checkin notes all still have the old name, etc. I type the intials as a matter of habit, and kind of figured that I'd just change it all next release when we get all new login names and home directories anyway. My credit cards won't change 'til I can manage to get to the social security office and do all of that rigmarole, so for the time being I'm going to have to sign my maiden name on purchases. I suspect that I'll be signing it for a little while even after the formal change is made at the bank, just because changing a very habitual signature is even tougher than changing a keystroke pattern (and there's no backspace on credit card receipts. Cashiers tend to frown on "oops"es).

Some coworkers were talking yesterday at lunch about how another newlywed here has hers changed in her emails already, and it started me thinking. I feel like maybe I'm rationalizing and putting it off just because it makes me nervous. "What if someone doesn't know who I am anymore?", that kind of thing.

There's always the insidious "What if I don't know who I am anymore?" which I've seen a lot of people use and which, to my infinite relief, still doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. It's less that I don't know who I am, and more that the files/usernames/email addresses don't look like they belong to me. I feel like I'm usurping someone else's identity. There's a major disconnect between seeing a comment with "LHT" and instantly going "Yes, I checked in that file" and seeing a comment with "LHH". I still have to think "Oh yes, it must have been me that checked in that file, because contrary to instinct that is in fact what my initials are."

So. Gotta get used to it sometime- may as well start now.

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Though I do not twitter, myself...

Posted at 14 Oct 2008 05:50:02 PM

I am unaccountably amused by Stephen Fry's twitter account. It's not very old - only a couple of pages - and from the look of the early twitters he signed up, posted a couple of things, responded to a couple of individual comments and then *boom* got friended by approximately 74,230 people. Some of them are very flustered-sounding :)

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And the verdict is...

Posted at 21 Aug 2008 01:41:27 PM

Creamy Chicken Maruchan Ramen is actually quite tasty. Salty, of course, but that's to be expected.

A+, would buy again!

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Today is a good day.

Posted at 20 Aug 2008 10:32:38 AM

For today, I am wearing my penguin socks!

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The joys of home ownership

Posted at 20 Jun 2008 05:05:56 PM

This afternoon, we get to replace a TOILET!


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Horror stories

Posted at 28 Jul 2008 10:24:43 AM

As Dan walked out the door this morning, he sang cheerfully.

Ordinarily, this would be fine and dandy.

But this morning, what he sang was:


You heard me.

(I suppose it's too early to ask for a divorce?)

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Arm warmers are awesome, not emo

Posted at 28 Jul 2008 10:25:10 AM

I forgot to mention - my Sock Dreams order came!

I have arm warmers in a highly awesome sparkly purple, and RAINBOW, and PENGUIN SOCKS with three-dimensional beaks and teeny wings, and the most excellent black and purple striped stockings to ever walk (*ahem*) the earth.

Coincidentally the purple arm warmers perfectly match my Littlest Elder God tshirt, which makes me no end of happy.

It is now the time of year where my mind has officially declared it Spring, and is booking no backtalk from the weather itself. This unfortunately results in me wearing tshirts, jeans, and at most a sweatjacket regardless of the *actual* weather, which at the moment is 36 degrees and rainy.

I discovered that if I leave the house at 7:15, I can stop by Starbucks and still make it to work by 8. Excellent. (Edit: For those wondering who I am and into what closet I've stuffed Laura's body: no, I don't plan to make a habit of the 8am thing. It's nice to know the timeline, though, for the days when I do have to do it.)

Installing WoW 2.4 took far longer than it should have last night, owing to my idiocy in only leaving myself 2 free gigs for OSX when I partitioned off my macbook. I really don't *use* the ubuntu installation on that system, probably because although it's xubuntu and all that good stuff .... it's really superfluous. I do a lot of dumb shit just for the geek cred.

Although, the largest problem I have with the thing is that my conky titanbar-esque setup flickers, and I know which xorg module I need to load to fix that now. So, maybe it's got another shot...

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Linkspam, and happy Leap Year!

Posted at 11 Dec 2008 11:55:54 AM

I am terrified to check my weddingplans community today... there are about a million and a half people who wanted to get married on Feb. 29th, for reasons which I will never be able to understand, and the comm's going to be drowning this afternoon.

This quote was rofl-tastitc. I'm still snickering...

Cheeseburgers in a Can. 'Nuff said.

I am still trying to get my car registered in Missouri. This is more of a pain in the ass than it should be, given that I have no memory of actually receiving the title. I do remember thinking that it was odd that I hadn't received the title, but apparently I did nothing about it while it was still convenient. Getting a duplicate copy is now distinctly inconvenient, naturally, as it involves photocopied identification, a $20 check and mailing forms to the NYS DMV.... and we all know how quickly they move.

We're closing on our house in 7 days! A week. One week, people. One week, and I'll have a lovely $130,000 debt hanging over my head. However, from talking to some other friends in more New England-y areas where house prices made me choke on my coffee, I'm beginning to think that the midwest's not so bad after all.

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Superbowl Sunday

Posted at 03 Feb 2008 03:00:23 PM

GO GIANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted at 23 Jan 2008 12:34:08 PM

92 words

Of course, that was absolutely top speed with the words right in front of me, appearing faster than my mind probably works, so it's not really indicative of how fast I type when writing (for example) this entry.

All the same, it's pretty neat. I need a /flex icon...


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