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What A Long Strange Trip It's Been
Friday, 17 July 2009
Auditors and kiss my butt...
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: Assholes Do Vex Me

I finished the Schedule of Expenditures for Federal Awards (SEFA) in its preliminary form today.

The auditors who start their field work on August 17th have been asking for this document since June. That just doesn't make sense to me because we hadn't finished closing the books and they were asking for the information! DUH!

Anyway, when they asked for it last week, I told my boss that I hadn't created last year's SEFA until July 21 and didn't get it to them until a few days after that. What was the huge almighty rush?

I started working on it AFTER I finished the State Budget Forms for my Federal and State/Local grant funds (Code 07 and Code 35), respecitively AND after finishing the Federal Funds table for the State 18E report that was due to Barb on July 15th.

Well, today I finished the preliminary version that is used to determine what programs will be chosen for full blown Type A audits. We are a low risk auditee so we only have to have 25% of our Federal transactions audited. Well - we spent over $57 million in Federal funds. That means we have to have $14,250,000 in transactions audited. Meaning Title I and Nutrition Services will be audited this year since they had the most transactions under their individual Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance(CFDA) numbers. Title I had a finding two years ago, so they were scheduled to be audited to make sure they have improved their Salary Certifications and split funded timecards since the finding in 2007 when they were last audited.

Gloria, the Federal specialist auditor that does the A-133 Single Audit for us, told me that all ARRA funds are going to be audited at a 50% sampling and treated as high risk - meaning - they all could be audited as full blown Type A programs. Totally unfair. The majority of ARRA funds are for programs that we already have - this ARRA is just grant more funds for the same programs. I can understand them auditing the Interest Free Construction Bonds that are ARRA or the National School Lunch Program equipment grant or the State Stablization Funds - but everything else? I just think the auditing firm wants to audit more so they can make more money.

I am projecting that on the low end we spend $85 million in Federal dollars and on the high end $92 million.

My job just about doubled with this ARRA - I am SO very happy that Mary will continue to help me with all the filing, journal entries, and general paper shuffling and research I do.


Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, 7 August 2009 7:46 PM CDT
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Thursday, 16 July 2009
The Saga of the Eye Glasses
Mood:  cool
Now Playing: "Hotel California" by The Eagles
Topic: Assholes Do Vex Me

So, this story really starts back when we were planning summer visitation schedules with Matt's ex-wife. When we put on the planning spreadsheet that we wanted to have Michelle on her birthday, she noted that both Kyle and Michelle had eye doctors appoints on Tueday, July 14 at 8 am and 8:15am. We said we would take the kids because we really wanted to have Michelle on her birthday for once.

Well, everything was arranged and I had been asking for more than two weeks for information on what time the appointments were scheduled and just exactly where the offices were. I asked Michelle and Matt to ask his ex these questions. I finally got the answer the night before, but that was no bother.

I got the kids up early, dressed, fed, hair brushed, teeth brushed and out the door so that we were early to the doctors by a whole 15 minutes. Well, when we signed in the receptionist informed me that the children's appointments were actually July 16 at 8:15 and 8:30.

So then...I drove the 30 miles back to Wellington, dropped off the kids, and turned around and drove back to Wichita (where the Dr.'s appointment was AND where I work). I had to do the trip again on Thursday too boot. Yeah - that's a nice 120 miles on my car I didn't need that week - oh, and gas was $2.55 that week per gallon. Anyway...

We had been told by his ex that both children needed new glasses and that we should buy them from the Dr's office because Lens Crafters had messed up Michelle's bifocals numerous times and it would be a mess. The children had their exams on Thursday and I told them to pick out the frames they wanted. Grand total : $783 for two pairs of glasses. My insurance doesn't pay for lens or frames replacements or upgrades, only the eye exam. So - cha-ching...nice, ay?


Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, 7 August 2009 7:31 PM CDT
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Thursday, 29 January 2009
Racist pricks annoy me to no end
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: "Get Stoned" by Hinder
Topic: Assholes Do Vex Me

Racist pricks annoy me to no end.

 

We (my husband and I) get almost daily forwards of terribly Republican (now not sensible, well throughout GOP related material but super right wing fear and hate mongering), Religious, or Racist emails from some asshole that my husband used to work with at TECT. This idiot believes just about every Urban Myth debunked by Snopes.com and is one of those stupid sheep-people that forwards emails that are so co amazingly culturally insensitive I have had it! Now, he sends these to my husband’s old email address that we share for joint correspondence with family members so they don’t have to send it to multiple emails. As this was once Matt’s personal email, he still gets emails from “his” past associates.

 

Well, this redneck, aircraft working, brain-dead fuck up, Keith, keeps sending awful forwards full of hate on just about everyone – Muslims seem to be his choice today. I have deleted his emails time and again, and have chosen to not read them. Yet, sometimes, when I am reading emails on the account and hit the next button, it brings up one of his emails.

 Yesterday, he ‘graced’ us with two emails which I promptly deleted after they nearly burned my retinas with their hate filled rhetoric. The first was on the stimulus package and taxes, the second was on some supposed meeting of various religious leaders at a prison that was held to try and convert prisoners from a life of crime to a more productive and religious way of life. Well, it totally slammed Islam. It made it seem like all Muslims are jihadist. It took things from the Koran and blew them WAY proportion and taking them out of context. It made the assumption that ALL Muslims were believers in the extreme stuff spouted by Bin Laden. It was a giant Muslim bashing email and I exploded! Why must I be subjected to his hate mongering? The email lambasted not just Muslims but Arabs stating that all of them were terrorists and that all terrorists were Arabs. Excuse me? What the fuck was Timothy McVeigh? Or Ted Kaczynski? Or suspect U.S. scientist Bruce E. Ivins? Are those men not Caucasian American citizens that performed acts of terrorism against other American citizens? Bruce Ivins even tried to frame Arabs in his anthrax scare mailings!

*sigh* This email was so filled with stereotypes and generalizations of all kinds I felt sick to my stomach. I deleted it and wished there was some process for not merely deleting it, but exploding it. You know, like some button I could push on my keyboard that would cause this filth ridden piece of shit to be blown into a million pieces and for a hand to reach out of Keith’s screen and rip his testicles off. Yes, that’s how mad I was, and this blog is helping me to get rid of my rage.

 

Now, I have told Matt that I do want to have anything to do with this person, and that he is never to be invited to our home. I understand that Matt has not blocked him from our email account because Keith still worked for TECT. Matt asked him to stop sending us this crap. Now, Keith has retired from TECT, and well, today I took the step myself. I BLOCKED HIM. I will never have to hear another narrow-minded, sexist, racist, misogynistic email from this lame excuse of a human being again!


Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 8:43 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, 29 January 2009 8:51 PM CST
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Sunday, 8 June 2008
Nightmares from California haunt me
Mood:  hungry
Topic: Assholes Do Vex Me

So, I had another nightmare about my ex-husband. It was awful. He drugged me and stole me away to California keeping me prisoner in a house that looked like my Kansas house. I woke up in a cold sweat and had to immediately go to the bathroom. I was shaking and felt really scared. Unfortunately I woke Matt up. He did hold me until I stopped shaking and made me feel better. It was 6:30am so neither of us got to sleep in this Sunday.

SO - we are up and online. Me working on my blog and various website pages and whatnot - Matt playing Anarchy Online a MMORPG which is based on another planet in the distant future. He gets to run around and kill things which makes him happy. Foot in mouth

I made up a new recipe yesterday while we working working on the computers. We were both cold and hungry and wanting something not too heavy but with substance. So, I went to the refrigerator and spied what we had then whipped up this new tasty hors d'ouvre.

Alison's Pastrami Crescents

1 can of prepared crescent roll dough

16 slices of turkey pastrami

4 slices of provolone cheese

diced green onions

Roll out the dough into the precut triangles. Take two pieces of pastrami and tear it up so it fits on the triangle. Cut the slices of provolone in half and place half the slice on top of the pastrami on the triangle. Roll up the crescent roll and place with the point side down. Sprinkle (and press into the dough) the diced green onions.

Place on a pizza stone and bake at 350 for 14 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden and flaky.

We ate them just like that - four for each of us, but I think that mustard would go well. I would probably take the mustard, add some fresh chopped dill and garlic and a bit of red wine vinegar and a touch of olive oil - shake it up in a carafe and put it on the side of the rolls so you could dip them into it like a sauce.

Anyway they were very tasty and Matt told me that it was a definate keeper recipe. Later that night, instead of making a real 'dinner' I made him spicy tuna melts like the kind I made on Memorial Day on the tiny rye cocktail bread. He chomped down six of them before stopping himself. You can see the tuna melts if you go to my MSN myspaces page. I put a link further down on an older blog entry about the Memorial Day weekend dinner party.

I don't know what I have planned for today other than fixing up my MYSPACE page since Tony mocked it last night. Yeah, I have a MYSPACE account so I can go online and check out pictures from my friend Arla. That's where she posts her pictures and you can only look at them with an account. Well, Tony scoffed at my page and its nothingness, so I feel obligated to still his laughter and redeem myself. Matt just snorted when I mentioned it last night. I guess I'll post a link somewhere on my www.trippiehippie.com webstie.

This is still where I plan to blog as I own the domain name and nobody can say BOO to me about what I post here. HAHA.


Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 8:19 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 8 June 2008 8:37 AM CDT
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Friday, 7 December 2007
Sherri Shepherd of The View is an idiot
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Assholes Do Vex Me

I have heard a great deal of stupid things in my life, but this new revelation by Sherri Shepherd, one of the co-hosts of The View on ABC is in the running for the most stupid of all time. She actually went on national television and said that 1) she doesn’t know if the earth is flat or not, and 2) that nothing pre-dates Christians. Joy and Whoopi were discussing an ancient Greek philosopher’s ideas and Sherri made some comment which Whoopi responded to by saying that the philosopher’s ideas and thoughts at that time were as they were because there wasn’t Christianity. Sherri retorted that nothing pre-dates Christians and oh yes, there were Christians back then because they were being thrown to the lions – that’s what she actually said!

 

WOW – what a brain dead hose beast! First off, it was not the Greeks that were ‘known’ for throwing the Christians to the lions, it was the Romans. Joy and Whoopi were talking about BC or BCE before our common era. Sherri didn’t know the difference between BC and AD (also known as CE). Talk about a dingbat. Outright persecution of ‘Christians’ didn’t really start (like authorized and encouraged by governments – ie throwing them to the lions) until the reign of Nero and late in his reign – like 64 AD; unless you want to count the Jews who saw them as heretics because these people started to take Jesus’ teachings before Judaism’s practices. Early Christians WERE Jews, not gentiles – duh, the Apostles! I mean, hello stupid Sherri, who do you think Jesus was trying to teach and was rejected by when he went to Nazareth? Hmmm? Hello – read the Gospels lately you stupid woman? Mark 3 or 6 or Matthew 13, how about Luke 4? Yes, you ignorant waste of space, the place where Jesus goes into a synagogue (a place of Jewish worship not a church) and tells the people he is the fulfillment of the prophecy at Isaiah 61: 1-2? Excuse me, you pathetic representation of intelligence– how could there have been a prophecy of His coming if there were no people before Christians? Hmmm, who was the prophecy given to? The Jews you nut job! Jesus was the JEWS Messiah!

 

I’ve actually heard some people say that she was technically right because Jesus and God are one – you know as part of the Trinity. They are WAY off track because she didn’t say Jesus, she said Christians. Also, this is what irks me… I’d like to know where the hell she thinks the first half of the Bible comes from or don’t Evangelicals read the first half of the Bible anymore or the later half for that matter? There were no Christians there were JEWS. Jesus was a JEW not a Christian. There weren’t Christians in Noah’s day; there weren’t Christians in Job’s day. If I could have reached into the TV set and slapped this stupid woman I would have. What about Egypt? Hmmm! The Jews were led out of Egypt, were they were being held as slaves, by Moses – remember ‘Let my people go’ and the plagues and all that stuff. They had been in bondage for a LONG time, since the time just after Joseph (of the coat) and his brothers. What is with these modern day Christians that don’t know their Biblical history spouting off with crap like this? The pyramids pre-date the Common Era by thousands of years. The First Dynasty was established in 3,150 BC. It’s one of the oldest and longest known ‘countries’ on earth – and that’s just it being known as Egypt. There has been human habitation that is proven to have been there since 10,000 BC. What about the ruins all around ancient Mesopotamia?  Alexander the Great was born 356 years before Christ.

 

First off, it makes all the people associated with this woman look stupid: 1) Barbara Walters should be ashamed of herself that she hired such a dumbass, 2) she is an embarrassment to women, 3) she is an embarrassment to America’s educational system, 4) she is an embarrassment to Christians, and if I were black – I’d probably feel she didn’t make such a hot impression for them either. Thank goodness for Whoopi Goldberg!

 

So there is my rant on her lack of her own religion’s history, now about the earth being flat.

 

Has she never seen a picture of the earth from outer space? Has she been living under a rock the last forty years? Has she ever heard of the expression ‘around the world’ or heard of anyone falling off the planet? How about global warming? Global – as in globe, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary: a body with the shape of a sphere, especially a representation of the earth in the form of a hollow ball; the earth; a planet. Did she not see a globe in school when she was a child?

 

 Now that we have access to space, the easiest way to prove the Earth is spherical is to leave it and view it from a distance. Astronauts and space probes have done just that. Every picture of Earth ever taken shows only a circular shape, and the only geometric solid which looks like a circle from any direction is a sphere.


One of the oldest proofs of the Earth's shape, however, can be seen from the ground and occurs during every lunar eclipse. The geometry of a lunar eclipse has been known since ancient Greece. When a full Moon occurs in the plane of Earth's orbit, the Moon slowly moves through Earth's shadow. Every time that shadow is seen, its edge is round. Once again, the only solid that always projects a round shadow is a sphere.
 

To start with... there's a horizon, meaning that the surface that one is observing from is not an infinite plane. On the clearest of days, the only restriction to one's range of sight is the horizon. There can be two explanations for this - one, that the Earth at some point just stops, as if you were looking off the edge of a table. The other is that the Earth is round. Hundreds of years ago, before the invention of the compass or sextant, precise navigation for ships was difficult, even with the stars. Ships that ventured past sight of land were often lost, and thus it was generally believed that the world simply *stopped* at the end of the horizon. With the invention of the compass, and improved map-making, people began to dare more, and with the return of Columbus from his trans-Atlantic voyage, the concept of the Earth as flat was shattered.

Further proof of the Earth being round came after the voyage of Columbus when Newton discovered and measured the force of gravity, that number could then be tested anywhere the theory was known. Since the force of gravity is roughly the same everywhere on the globe, it could be surmised that the Earth must be spherical. If the Earth were not round, whole hemispheres would have different atmospheric pressure and significantly different sea levels. Also, pictures taken of the Earth in the last 50 years have proved absolutely conclusively that the Earth is round. These are just the arguments that don't require much physics knowledge to explain, there are others that are more technical, but I think that the simplest arguments are the best.

Okay – I am going to just chalk this up to her being a complete asshole. I will never watch The View – ever again. Barbara Walters has completed her voyage from journalist to dingbat know-noting when she hired this boob. Whoopi – get your intelligent self off this bunghole of a show!


Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 11:30 AM CST
Updated: Friday, 7 December 2007 11:36 AM CST
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Thursday, 7 June 2007
Paris Hilton is such an asshole
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Assholes Do Vex Me
Yes, I am upset that they let her out of jail. If she were some unfortunate poor person that had a DUI she'd still be in jail. Why is she out? Because she is rich and beautiful.

STONE HER!

I didn't hate her before, but I do now!

It's just so wrong. This is what our justice system has come to. If you're a celebrity you get whatever you want.

She exemplifies what is wrong with our country today.

Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 6:36 PM CDT
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Wednesday, 4 April 2007
Assholes Do Vex Me
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Assholes Do Vex Me
Good morning starshine, the earth says “Hello”!

Yes, it is the early morning and I am awake and starting the day with a bagel & cream cheese, and nice cold oj. Hopefully I will be fully awake by the time this post is written. As I do on most days, I get up, check email on both accounts, and listen to Bob & Tom before going to work.

Work has been interesting and actually nice lately. Things are a tad slower than normal; either that, or I have finally caught up on everything and have it all down to a quick routine. That would be nice if it were totally true. I am kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop. The new budgeting module should be into Production by the end of the month and I fear I am going to be pulled from my work to help with testing and implementation. I don’t mind as the rest of the staff helped me when it was Projects & Grants turn for implementation. Still, I dislike being behind on my work.

I got pretty pissed off at my ex-husband last night. Actually, it was more disappointed and disgusted. He paid bills very late. He was supposed to hold me harmless according the divorce decree from 2002, yet he hasn’t. I went out and got new loans to take over the old loans and remove his name from everything I took on with the divorce. In return, I basically got nothing – no equity, no house, nothing of value except my car. If he really wanted to, he could sell the house for twice what we paid for it, pay off all his debt and start his life over. Did he? No. He said he would close the accounts, remove my name, and write to the credit companies to make sure they know I had nothing to do with his late payments. Did he? No. Not that I can tell. He’s screwed with my credit rating. If it weren’t for him and all his mistakes…I swear, he’ll haunt me the rest of my days. All I want is to be rid of him.

I don’t remember if I’ve blogged on this before, but my life was terrible before I left my ex-husband. He constantly put me down and complained about everything I did and about me. Nothing was ever good enough for him. Most of our money went to pay for his wants and desires. He paid for his school on credit cards as well as student loans and we were stuck paying them at ungodly interest rates. He didn’t let me get involved with the finances. You all know by now I am a budget analyst. Well, I was a financial officer then. I never felt I could buy anything without him being disapproving – anything! He even disparaged my grocery shopping.

He embarrassed me constantly in front of people. Craigen’s New Year Eve’s party and Thanksgiving are merely two times I can point to where he treated me poorly in front of ‘our’ supposed friends. People have told me they couldn’t believe the way he spoke to me. Both Bruce and TallChief couldn’t stand the way he talked to me, and they got to see me cry when he yelled at me over the phone while I was at work. I tried to be loving to him and he said I mothered him.

I had THREE jobs and worked a minimum of 48 hours a week. He had one that paid FAR LESS than my jobs, and he set his own hours. He left after me, and came home whenever he wanted.

I always tried to encourage him to finish his bachelors degree, but he never would. He was five credits from his degree and wouldn’t finish it. It is like he was afraid or something. I think that he is. Afraid to complete anything, afraid to commit what is necessary to achieve a goal.

You know, he told me he married me because he knew if he didn’t I would leave him eventually. He didn’t love me – not that way. He wasn’t in love with me. He loved me like a friend. He wasn’t interested in me sexually. I was too fat, too big, not athletic enough. So why FUCK did he marry me? He could have broken up with me and I would have been fine eventually.

But NO! We got married and he had to treat me like SHIT for years before I left him. Talk about a chicken shit with no balls. I gave everything for him…EVERYTHING. He didn’t a shit about me or care at all.

He once wrote a journal entry on our computer. I got that computer in the divorce and I finally read what he wrote. He admitted in the entry that he was mean to me and didn’t treat me as I should be treated…in 1998! What a fuck head!

He never cared that I gradually became more and more depressed. He never cared that I cried. He never cared that I was lonely because he spent all his time with his own stuff in his workshop. When I did get involved in something that I liked – like creative writing short stories online, he was disdainful of it.

Well, I feel sorry for any woman that gets involved with him. His parents are the worst example of a marriage. His father is overbearing and his mother is desperate to be loved so she puts up with anything. It stems from her abandonment in childhood. So, they raised a misogynist. Mike has no respect for women. He can’t respect his mother, so how can he respect any woman? No matter what he does, he will always be a schmuck.

Before me in 1992, it had been FIVE years since he slept with a woman. I was his first real serious relationship. He had dated this one girl who moved to Boston, but that was five years before me.

He may be disdainful about my body, but I have never lacked for companionship or love. Men love me, because I know how to love and respect someone.

Mike will wander the personal ads forever looking for something to fuck him. Oh, some dupe may fall for him, but she’ll rue the day she met that bastard. He’s a bottomless pit of pessimism, narcissism, pettiness, and sarcasm. He is not a pleasant person to be around for any length of time.

I had hoped I could remain friends with him, but there is apparently no way I can put behind all that he did to me, especially since he is still doing it to me the fucker!

Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 6:52 AM CDT
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