geminigirl: (Yip Yip)
The name of a local salon? "Mullet Salon and Spa" (for locals, it's on Mills a little north of Colonial.)


So I'm contemplating volunteering at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center-I was over there tonight, and I'm not sure it's a good fit; it seems that about all they have that they can have me doing, is answering phones. I'll give Planned Parenthood a look and see if they have things that actually take advantage of my skills and experience. One thing I've thought about, and that I hate to think that I've had to think about it, is whether or not my involvement with that organization might affect our ability to adopt a child in the future if we wanted to. I hate that I've had to think about that. (Florida is pretty firm in their anti-gay-parent stance. I worry already that being pretty much out and queer will already be a big negative.)

Okay, so I've written about being queer lately. I know there are a bunch of new readers (I noticed it on my info page the other day.) If you feel like it, let me know how you got here (I like to know that.) And for everyone, let me know if you've got questions, or are unclear on something, from what color my hair is (auburn) to where I live (near Orlando Florida) to whom I'm dating (I'm involved with [livejournal.com profile] aquariumgirl and I'm married, legally, to [livejournal.com profile] zedrikcayne,) to my favorite color (green) to all sorts of stuff in between, let me know, and I'll try and answer you.
geminigirl: (Angry Woman)
Florida has, as many states do, a variety of speciality license plates, with the money going to support various causes. I have, on my car, the Support Education tag on my car. I'm fine with paying a few extra dollars each year to support education.

But some of them, they bother me. I'm all for doing things like supporting reaosnable environmental causes, memorializing astronauts, demonstrating pride in a university or sports team, showing pride in military service or contributing to health promotion efforts.

But some things, some things just cross the line.

Like the Family Values plate. It doesn't express my family's values, for one, but that's pretty obvious. While that makes me uncomfortable, that's something that I can live with-what crosses the line for me, however, is the organization that the fee supports.Sheridan House Family Ministries. (Extra angry points because the state is collecting money for a faith based organization...doesn't matter whether it's one I like or not.) And then there's the Choose Life plate. Money raised by this place supports Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Maternity Homes and not-for-profit adoption agencies.


Okay. Cranky aside. Need to go figure out what's wrong with the cat's eye.
geminigirl: (Porn Stars)
The background: PCOS is a fertility issue in many ways, and so, in order to determine the best course of treatment, and how much intervention, we're going through a lot of the usual fertility screening stuff. This is a bit awkward and invasive, but it's what we need to do. This meant that [livejournal.com profile] zedrikcayne had to go for a semen analysis, and upon recieving the results, had a visit with the urologist who ordered a second semen analysis and some other tests. The urologist (who told us that he and his wife have gone through their own fertility issues) explained that many times, men who go for semen analysis are so uncomfortable with the whole situation, and find it sterile and distressing, and so the first sample is not always an accurate measure of things. And he also suggested that [livejournal.com profile] zedrikcayne "bring some pornograhpy" because that often helps encourage a proper count.

So, last night, I tried to figure out how to find an adult store, without getting a screen full of porn, since that's not what I was looking for, and toay we paid a visit to our local porn store.

not particularly explicit, but sexually oriented discussion follows this cut tag. )

A question: Can anyone explain to me, why is it, that porn that includes women having sex with women,as well has men having sex with women, doesn't get classified as bisexual, but as soon as it involves action between two men, it automatically becomes "bisexual"? It doesn't make sense. I understand the idea of marketing, and that the largest consumers of porn are men who don't want to see men having sex with men, but it just seems silly.

I've got a post brewing about sex, and marriage, and polyamory and kinky stuff. It's not likely to be explicit content, but just chatter and processing and that sort of thing. I've got some filters that this post may appropriately overlap to, but if you think you might like to read it, let me know. I could certainly use the feedback and space to discuss it, but it's not something that I think belongs as public.
geminigirl: (Grey's Anatomy Vagina Quote)
(Bob/Jen, I'd like to post this in VP, let me know if you want me to post it in the V-Day discussion post, or if I should just make a separate post about it.)

Hoohaa Monologues???

We decided we would just use child slang for it. That's how we decided on Hoohah Monologues, )
geminigirl: (Snow)
And I appreciate that they are.

We're fine. We didn't sustain any storm damage that I know of (no ones been on the roof yet.) The tornados were southwest of us, and northeast of us, and while it was kind of scary (we really should have been in the closet) it's okay. I finally went to bed around 6 this morning, when the storms had passed. To tell the truth, I began to worry when Beta Cat climbed under the china cabinet and hid out. All three of the cats were being a bit weird, but going under the cabinet was unusually weird.

Considering, however, the lack of tornado sirens around here, I was hoping that someone ([livejournal.com profile] hoopycat or [livejournal.com profile] quasigeostrophy maybe) would have weather radio suggestions, or at least be able to guide me into what to look for/brands to buy.

All that matters is that we're okay. And than you for asking.
geminigirl: (Beta sleep)
[livejournal.com profile] fj or [livejournal.com profile] veryfineredwine or anyone else...what does the immigration physical actually entail? [livejournal.com profile] zedrikcayne has his scheduled for tomorrow.

We've had some birds I can't identify in the yard lately. I enjoy watching them, but I'd love to know what they are. The body shape is similar to this but they have longer, thinner legs (I can't tell if they have webbed feet but I don't think so), they're all white, and they have narrower, pointier beaks. There's also a similar looking bird that comes around but with a longer, narrow, curved beak, which I'd wonder about being a heron, but we're not that close to water. The ones with the pointier beak,

Does anyone know which newspapers Diesel Sweeties is running in?

Funny, but despite the elevated temperatures, I don't have the usual crankiness that I get. I've been hungry like crazy though. I don't think I stopped eating yesterday, though most of what I ate was fruit or veggies. And I've been drinking lots and lots of tea.

Time to consider lunch, though I don't think there's anything interesting to eat.
geminigirl: (Scream Faces)
An earthquake Here!

A 6.0 centered in the Gulf of Mexico, which we felt here in our living room.

And, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mactavish, I knew that I could report it here.

We felt the shaking, looked at each other and said "Nah, it can't be an earthquake." I went to the USGS website to see if it was, and Cayne went to the front window to see if there was anything like a truck that might have made the rumble. The first time I checked, the USGS website didn't have it up yet, but when I refreshed shortly after, it was there, and we filled out the form.

What I said to Cayne is that the earthquakes I've felt feel more like side to side shaking whereas trucks or trains feel like up and down shaking.
geminigirl: (Scream Faces)
Also known as "life in Florida"

I'm not one to freak out over bugs, but the roaches here...the people eating roaches just gross me out.

geminigirl: (Wanker)
Besides the fact that they thought it was a good idea to elect Katherine Harris, who played a significant role in the debacle that was the 2000 presidential election...

Today was primary day. So I went and voted. But of course, the airwaves have been filled with political ads leading up to today's primary.

Republican candidate 1 has an ad that attacks Republican candidate 2. Republican candidate 1's ad includes "Sorry, Charlie, only Jeb Bush conservatives get to be president." Republican candidate 2's ad includes "pro-life, Ronald Reagan republican you can trust."

Blech.
geminigirl: (Lemons Icon)
I do love the idea of owning a house. It's a great thing, the whole equity equation, and being able to paint the walls as I want without thinking about what a landlord would say, or worry about holes in the walls or all sorts of other things that one thinks about when renting a place.

But there's a downside. A very serious downside. A very serious and personal and difficult downside. It's not about money, or space, or the Home Owner's Association or the stress of moving. I hate that someone here thought a political ad that says "Sorry, Charlie. Only Jeb Bush Conservatives get to be governor" was a good idea. It's about being here.

I hate Florida. I hate it a great deal. I hate the weather. I don't like the politics. I don't like the people. I don't like the lifestyle. I just don't like it. It's the best place for [livejournal.com profile] zedrikcayne to be though, in terms of his career and his goals. And in his field, once you get to EA, there aren't many other places to go.

I've held out a little bit of hope that Cayne would spend a few years here, in Orlando, and then we'd move on to another division of EA-and there are lots of options; the Bay Area, Vancouver, Montreal and NoVa, just in North America. I can't do that anymore. I can't pretend that this isn't a long term deal. We're here, and we're staying, for the forseable future. And that's really hard for me.

I would like to be in a place I loved, a place where there was a real job market for me, where the things to do were more interesting to me, where I liked the people I met, where the political climate were more to my liking and so on and so on. And I do try to make my own happiness. I just feel very stuck.

We're here. It's not what I'd have chosen for myself. I share my life with a partner I love, and who I wouldn't give up for anything, and three wonderful cats. I have a pretty house. There are in fact good things about my life. That whole seeing the forest for the trees thing.

I hold out hope that it will get better. I'm not seeking sympathy here. It's life. It's the life that I (mostly) chose, and it's mostly satisfactory. But it's hard to be truly happy when you don't like the place you're at.
geminigirl: (Snow)
What partner's shouldn't do:

Call you up from the new house and say "The water is off at the new house."
And wait for your reaction before they explain to you that the painters turned it off because they were painting behind the fridge and there was something wierd with the hoses, and that they'll turn it back on shortly.

He says it looks really good though.

The movers have postponed our move to Thursday, and who doesn't appreciate an extra day to pack?

Meanwhile, we're just waiting to see what happens during the storm.

(I need to make/find/steal a "rain" icon and a "hurricane" icon.)
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The movers called to see if we wanted to go tomorrow instead of Wednesday, because of the weather. We're not going to be ready to go tomorrow.

And they issued an inland tropical storm watch or warning (not sure which) for us earlier today. They're moving the Space Shuttle off the launch platform, I think, and predicting three to five inches of rain around here.

Now, I'm not one to go crazy over this. But does it have to happen when I'm in the middle of moving?

(And if my head is any kind of barometer, and it usually is, we're in for a storm.)
geminigirl: (Icicles)
We really do not need a hurricane this week, while we're trying to move.
geminigirl: (Popsicles)
I would love to live in a place where simply stepping outside my door didn't result in becoming sweat soaked, without evaporation, for half the year.

We've been here a year, and I'm uncomfortable driving in the afternoon downpours. Yesterday, I was on the highway and couldn't even see the brake lights of the car in front of me. I don't like that.

It's baby lizard season. I see them all over the place. they're kind of cute, and for some reason, the baby lizards remind me of dinosaurs far more than the adults. A few weeks ago it was baby frogs or toads (I can't get close enough to identify which ones they are. The skin appears dry, but I can't get close enough to see the feet or eyes to differentiate.) I do like what our friend Nick has had to say about the bugs down here..."You can't expect to defeat the bugs down here, you just have to learn to coexist peacefully with them, and try to keep them at bay." This is a good attitude, I'm just not sure I like it. We stopped at the house the other night to check on something and there's no food in my house, and a giant, people eating roach crawled right across the stove. I'll set some roach and ant traps, and probably add some of the roach gel-I just need to be careful with the cats. I suspect also, based on the state of the house (not dirty, exactly, but less than clean) there may be a good bit of grease behind the stove. I think we'll probably pull it out and give a good cleaning back there before we move in, or upon moving in.

Speaking of moving, we're down to about ten days. I want to go check on how much of the work is done, and confirm with the movers. Also need to set up landline and cable at the new house, and find a non-explotative housecleaning service, to clean this place when we're done here, and to clean the new house before we move in. And becaues every weekend seems to be filled with moving related stuff-the cable company is supposed to come tomorrow to add wiring to the rooms that we need it in that don't have it, and Pier 1 is having a sale on a few of the things we're looking for, so we'll probably buy the table and chairs we liked-on sale, plus I've got a coupon. Today we stopped at the mirror store to look at frames for mirrors.

I am however, looking forward even more to going to the August Stomp at Lakeridge Winery. It's pretty much what it sounds like; envision the whole grape stomping thing on "I Love Lucy." And I think we need to try it.

But now, one more LJ post and then I should start supper.
geminigirl: (Icon of Doom)
The good news:
The planned route for the Wekiva Parkway is about four or five miles from our house. And, the connector road will make Cayne's commute much easier, connecting the main road (the 441-our house is about two miles away from it) to the road that Cayne's office is on, a few miles from the office.

The bad news-fortunately not for us:

Chris, a colleague/friend of Cayne's, is building a new house really really close to the route for the new road.

In other words, we're far enough away that we shouldn't feel significant impact from the road, except for possibly some minor construction delays along Main Street at times, and in fact, the nearby access to the road might even be to our benefit when we want to sell our house.
geminigirl: (Queer Duck On The Town)
We spent last weekend taking advantage of the tax free back to school shopping...bought some clothes for both of us (clothing under $50 and school supplies under $10 were tax free.) Cayne looks really good in his new shirts, too.

We also did some furniture shopping. I'm still not sure what color to paint the living room...I could paint it the same color as the family room or the master bedroom, or something completely different. We tried to go to the paint store on Saturday but they closed earlier than I thought, so we'll have to try again. The colors seem to be blues and greens so far, but I'm just stumped on the living room.

Tonight we're going to a public meeting about the Wekiva Parkway, which is an extention of one of the highways near our new house, and will connect the north end of the 429 (which is about three miles from the house) with the north end of the 417, which is sort of the other end of the region. It has the potential to be really fantastic, but I'd like to know the proposed route, and be able to make a comment, if there's time available. It's not a hearing, so I'm not sure how they're going to handle public comment, in fact. We'll also stop at the new house to pick up some things I have there for my sister in law, and measure the space in the front hall for a table, and in the family room so we can look for a sofa.

This weekend, we're going to begin scouring antique stores for a telephone table, like the one my Mom has in her kitchen. We need a nice small table for the foyer, and that would work. I've seen some cute new ones, but I'd like to see what the antique stores have to offer too. (Does anyone know if it's appropriate to haggle over the price, like you would at a flea market or yard sale, or is it expected that you'll pay the price as marked?_

Hrm. I think I've posted all my news links for today.

Tomorrow is the follow up ultrasound-first one since April. I don't think I'll get answers tomorrow-I have a follow up next week, but if you could spend a moment thinking good, healthy ovaries it's okay to try and get pregnant again thoughts or prayers (as you choose) I'd appreciate it. Driving the car with a full bladder to get the ultrasound=No Fun. And I can't just go early and drink my water in the waiting room, since I've got the first appointment after lunch.

Friday, I have a meeting the local ASO that I'm dreading. Because last month, the meeting went on for many, many hours, with nothing getting done. It also failed to start anywhere on time, because people had been given three different start times, plus, no one had bothered to arrange coverage or cancel HIV testing, so peope kept leaving the meeting for significant amounts of time, which meant we kept having to rehash what we had done. And I won't get started at the incredibly unprofessional behavior of one of the department heads and the exectutive director, who spent quite a bit of time reaming out one of the other employees in front of me, for a serious error in judgement that did require addressing, but it should never have been done in front of me, at the end of the meeting.

Cayne's trying to get an appointment with a sleep specialist, too. I'm feeling mostly relieved. It will be nice to be able to share a bed with him again. I miss a warm body. All of my fear and concern and communication though, not what pushed him over the edge. Realizing he fell asleep at work...that pushed him over the edge. We're waiting for them to call him back. It's interesting to read the "bed partner questionaire" though.

And that's the news from Lake Woebegone.

News Bites

Aug. 1st, 2006 02:48 pm
geminigirl: (Yip Yip)
Remember former Florida Secretary of State? She's a frequent news item here, because she's running for Senate against incumbent Bill Nelson. And apparently, even the rest of the Republicans don't think she's a good candidate.

Talk about Karma...A waitress asks to see ID before serving a patron a drink, only to be handed her own stolen license.

And, today is the 25th anniversary of MTV's debut. There are a few top N lists floating around. Here's one from the Detroit Free Press and a different one from the AP. Have an interesting opinion piece, for good measure, too.

VH1 Classic is re-running the programming from the first day. I do wish they would bring back Remote Control though. And is anyone else watching VH1's World Series of Pop Culture?
geminigirl: (Default)
Stuff to get used to about Florida:

Carry out service at the grocery store. They'll carry my groceries to the car for me.

Umbrella bags. I go into various stores and they have little plastic bags for umbrellas in the entryways.

Stuff I have gotten used to:

There's construction going on at the apartment complex, and occasionally loud noises come from the construction site. Sometimes the noises are similar to the daily storms...I don't check to see which it is.

Stuff I don't know if I'll ever get used to:

The torential rains. I had to run out yesterday for some things, I dropped a Slurpee at Cayne's office and then headed out for errands. As I left Cayne's office the sky opened up and drenching rain fell. So much rain that I couldn't see the car in front of me, or know how far behind it I was. I thought about pulling over to the shoulder, but worried that if I did, another car would be doing the same and hit me. The storms are short, this one lasted only a few minutes but it was still difficult to drive in.

Maybe I should go for a swim before the rain.

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