Went to the new

Air & Space Museum

last week.

I'll see if I can post pics later.

Don't ask me.

I just work here.


Am I the only one

who likes bath gifts sets?

Not that I want 12 of them, mind.
My parents

put the b

in subtle.
Okay, now that oughta be illegal.

"Jingle Bells" as your ring tone.

Oh, pfoo!


I asked them to box it up

and forgot the box.

Ben! Another

recipe from textism.

I do love him so.
Business partners

who bring you chocolate

from Europe

get their trouble tickets answered

Hug somebody.
Trying something new,

in yet another attempt

to shuck spam:

sherbie at

that game company domain.
Another reason to love Austin:

The price of membership

at I Love Video is $2.50


cutting up your Blockbuster card.
I Love Video

has Dangermouse episodes

for rent!
Sat by the waterfront,

drank coffee,

pecked at a novel.

More days off,

Took a nap


in shorts


Weather is so odd.
Took yesterday off.

Read, wrote,

ate pumpkin pie in my pajamas.


You there.

Hug someone you love,

and be thankful that you can.
I have to write

my self-assessment.

Can you tell?


I wonder if this

is the Alex I know.

I so need to get back to work.
This is so petty.

Filtering by Austin,

sorting by wordcount, descending

I'm on the first page!

And my friend Marshall

is third. Wow.
The question is,

should I start a livejournal

just to post novel excerpts?
2149 words today.

4-and-a-half hours.

Neil Gaiman uses the

same kind of notebook I do!

I'm a real writer!
Checking your wordcount

after every paragraph

is like weighing yourself

every day.
Wrote 1,700+ words yesterday.


Took four hours. Hm.
In your right-click menu,

why are "Save As..."

and "Print"

right next to each other?


Of course, we all know

what this weekend is:

Zommmmmbie pirates!

I have a monkey.
So, I dunno...

Got any plans this weekend?
I should post

when I'm happy, too, right?


You know this rule, right?

Don't ask a woman

if she is pregnant.

Here's another:

Please don't ask

if I got some sun.

It's acne meds, k?
Mystic River:

A passable script

saved by

amazing performances.
*gnash gnash*

It's just a lot

of little things.
It's official,



am a professional

And I'm still

lactose intollerant.

I'll spare you

the details.
It's alive,


we're off!
Oh, good heavens.

I registered.
Oh, and...

Zombie pirates!

this Friday.

I have great friends.

Just sayin'.

a utility for generating

photo galleries.


"We're out of soy milk."

"That's okay."

Wrong answer.


I lost.
My ears itch.

Further announcements

as events warrant.
I'd rather be

reading my Sandman book.
For all the other reasons

I love Textism,

I love his recipes the most.
This is starting

to look like a habit.
Well I thought it was funny.
create bat dir


To the Bat Dir, Robin!



it's good


I feel virtuous,

being here this early.

I don't feel like trying.

Gimme a week or so.
Undeniable wisdom from Shawn:

"Powdered creamer

comes from undead cows."
Secondhand Lions:

Enchantingly predictable,

predictably sweet.
What we need is more

It's not motivating to post

when there can be no comments.


it is also not motivating to work.

the comments server

died a few days ago.

They're working on a fix.
Sick computer

is convalescing.

And I have so much

to tell you.
While yummy,

Schlotzky smoothies

are not as good

as Panda smoothies.
Woo, so I feel clever.


No, sir,

I just don't know.
The moveable light sign


"All left lanes

must turn left,"

and we are enlightened.
Project Managers

who bring you chocolate

from Germany

are O.K.
You know your barista's name:

You're friendly.

Your barista knows your name:

You have a problem.
Toastmasters contest went great.

Better than great!

Thanks to all my helpers.

Ana update:

Still stuck.

Two days and counting.

Still don't know the words.

I blame Faith.
If I'm reading this right,

this is chocolate-covered yogurt.

Those wacky Germans.

Ana Ng is stuck in my head,

and I don't know the words.
My dad's proud of me.
Nicole Kidman asks me:

Why live life

from dream to dream,

and dread the day

when dreaming ends?
A metaphor:

A friend gave me a plant.

In my care, it died.

But it had a sprig of clover in it.

I continue to water the soil.

The clover thrives.
Big Village reminds me:

She had a job

in the land of the free.

She had oceans of money

and islands of things.

It's like trying to breathe

with your head underground.

You try to forget

but you know in your heart:

It's the river,

goes on and on and on.

Thus ends

Jon And Sharon Week.

But every week

is Jon And Sharon Week.

We should get more

holiday time, though.
Rule 5 says

"When others comment

asking to be interviewed,

you will ask them five questions."

So, y'know, as you will.
5. The right answer?


But I use plastic.

4. Take a mysterious,

squishy thing,

and define it,

own it,

know it.
3. When the topic is

manners, clothes, or brisket:

a Texan.

Politics, religion, ecology,

Mardi Gras, or chicken fried steak?

2. Can I come over

to your place?
1. "Smart is sexy."

It preceded a first kiss,

so I married him.
Fred is playing a game.

It has rules; I'm short on space.

He posted 'em there.

And I'm so far unable

to track this to its source.

But let's do this Johnny Carson style...
Straw poll:

"Oversight" --

when you oversee,

or when you overlook?

*gnash gnash*
The grass is so green

the sidewalk is envious.
Party leftovers:

soft corn tortilla,

sticks of monterey jack,

peach salsa,

roll up and nuke for a minute.

Unexpected yum!
It's still sage advice:

Don't quit

before breakfast.

But I've eaten now...
Geek love:

"We make quite a pair."

"Like John and John."
A lifetime

and a heartbeat:

Two years of marriage.
Things I didn't know:

Warren Spector

plays a rockin' guitar.
Y'know what?

It's been too long.
I think I succeed

in spite of myself.

on the drive to and from,

to King Missile,

none of which

is appropriate

to hum in business meetings.

Day 10: No Caffeine.

Not... going... to... make it.

Give me strength.
I made enchiladas!

They were yummy.

I miss Mom, though.

drag even slower

when there's a mommy

in your apartment.
I'm weakening.


isn't an adjective,

but should be.
Idle thoughts that herald

major paradigm shifts:

"Huh. I wonder if we'll hit 34 today."

What have I become?

is passing


In the airport,

the tiny airport,

my mom arrives toniiiiiiiight...
My boy's legal!

Now we can go on

proper dates.

Tee hee!

Mom posted pictures

from their last trip to Austin.

Go into slideshow mode

to see her cute captions.
When all your meetings

are conference calls,

onions are OK.
Back. -ish.

Hid from the sun; still got sick.

Made a new friend.

Saw M13.

Drowned in the Milky Way.
Farm Party!

In a few hours!

And I'm giving

an astronomy talk.

Can't wait.
My husband

recognizes me

by my punctuation.
Guilty confession:

Harry Potter 5

is an absolute page-turner.
Stay good, Sherbie.

Stay good!
Let your husband take a nap.

Paint your face

in a green mud mask.

Wake him with a kiss.

Who says married life is dull?
I'm just a fool who

Thought that Cthulhu

Could fall in

It's been awhile, eh?


is not a transitive verb.

I'm barefoot.



dancey, dancey, dance
I'm working on my self-assessment,

by the way.
Damn it.

Everybody cool

is at that con.

*geek whimper*
How do you

cheer yourself


Hey nifty.

I just set up a discussion board

for Invisible City.

Go make it look like

we have friends, would ya?
Today's posts brought to you by:


Pure and simple

from the 8th Dimension.
No matter where you go,

there you are.
Why is there a watermelon there?
It's like,

when you finally score a date

with the cutest boy at school

and he turns out to be

faintly dull, and sort of awkward.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

just... doesn't quite.
Mother always said:

You've gotta write mail

to get mail.

But, y'know, Monday...

Leave a comment anyway?
Jon asked me, plaintively,

if I have trouble with the tortilla bag.

I said yes.

When next I fetched it, I found

the Hulk had been making burritos.
And we are live!
Install today.

Cross yer fingers...

Damn it.

Even in the future,

nuthin' works.
Big thunder!
Since I can't say

anything nice...
Oh, the temptation...

A speaker phone,

dialed in to a conference call,

in an empty cubicle...
Happy birthday,

I miss my barrista, yo.

(Yes, I have fallen

off the wagon.

In my defense,

I am debugging,

and that requires caffiene.)
Holy meme.

(There's backstory to that strip.)

Am I disloyal for liking


Everybody else

misspells it.

Why shouldn't I?

It's the little things,

like your last name,

that you lose first...
This is so weird.

My eyelids are swollen.

I look sleepy.

No, I don't know why

I'm telling you.
A private moment, glimpsed:

Our grouchy DBA,

eating lunch with his daughter,

grinning like an idiot,

completely disarmed.
...Tell me

to go to work.
And Neil published

another of my letters:

second one down

on Sunday.
No freakin' way.

Sluggy Freelance's

"Filler Week Guest Artist"

is Phil Foglio!

Go see Finding Nemo.

Goodness, it was sweet.
Oh, god.

This is what they mean.

This is writers block.

I hate it.
It's the weekend.

I'm craving coffee.

I don't have a problem.

I don't have a problem.
Y'know what I like about

Imaginary Year?

Reading about other people

being people

makes me feel

more like a people.
Are y'all finding me okay?
New version of Blogger =

Lo-fi version for flunkies =

PDA-compatible blogging =

Happy Sherbie
Thank you.

My moment of weakness

has passed.

My blog still won't publish,

mind you.
But I don'

For a complete change of pace,

I am writing a ballad.

It's delightfully awful.

"What happened to your

horns last night?"


No, football.
They're calling me,

calling me.
The creepy thing is

co-workers are logged in, too.

I'm not tired;

I'm bored.
Spam tells us:

Women should be smaller.

Men should be larger.
Realization of a life-long dream:

My first ride in a Jeep Wrangler.

Doors off, and everything.

Oh... yeaaahhh...

('Course, I'll never get a brush

through my hair again.)
Have I got this right?

If we all run to the east,

we can slow the earth's rotation,

and get more hours in the day.

Who's with me?



It takes

a special kind of lunatic

to keep a cuckoo clock,

and a special kind of sadist

to keep one in an apartment.


is not a verb.


I'm glad we did.
The sky dark like night.

Wipers on high not quite adequate.

Lightening strikes, just over there.

Accoustic Susanne Vega.

Wet through, on my way to work.


I am so stylin'

in my fly headset.
According to the interweb,

it is 98 degrees outside.
Okay, you know me and spam,

but I have to admit,

"Lobster Gram"

is kinda funny.
Whence comes this

pathological resistance

to throwing away

Nothing can get me down.

Will post pictures soon.

Mountains, trees, beach, waterfall,

Disco Inferno.

More to come...
I think I am going to take

a little blog vacation.

I need less noise

right now.

Maybe a week...



ukelele, harp, and concertina

at home in my own skin
Sage advice:

Before you quit your job,

eat breakfast.

Coffee helps, too.
I used to build

Lincoln Log towers

just to knock them down.

I think

I have not outgrown this.
Off-site = Over-heated.

No band-aid.

No mole.

A stranger stares back

from the monitor mirror.
She smells like fabric softner

when she walks past my cube,

and it is comforting.





"We're alpha.

We're not numeric."


Forget to unplug,

and watch every bolt,

from 15 minutes away,

strike your apartment,


(Dental cleaning,

don'cha know.)

I am married

to the best man in the world.

Well, except Dad,

of course.
If you give a Sherbie a cupcake...

she'll get crumbs

in her keyboard.






from the wee beastie.


That's it.

I'm calling in well.
I've lost some weight.


a few grams,

I am very tired.

I have written a lot

and not nearly enough,

but it is fun.

I know life is grand.

I'm just having trouble

seeing that at the moment.

Got any pick-me-ups

lying around?
Well, I've got nothing bright to say.

You folks seem to do alright.


be funny.
It is charging,

my preciousssss...
How to get a 10% coupon:

Buy a PDA yesterday.

But this helps.
The sky


to intermittant crying jags.

This suits,


"Order status:

nibbled to death

by ducks.

I just bought


a PDA.

Hey presto! Instant upgrade.

Don't buy a new memory card;

change some camera settings,

and quadruple the number

of available pics.
I am well blessed.

I have beautiful friends.
If the grocery-store radio

plays cool music,

you've gotten old.
I've lost my edge.

Is "baseline" a verb?
We are well loved,

you and I.
One foot

in front of

the other.
This is so cool:

I have a headset.

Ooh, stylin'.
My blog has become a

slo-mo chat room.


And I'm okay with that.
The cafeteria is taking liberties.

"Philly Cheesesteak


A sin against nature.

Of course, I had to get some.

Life is beautiful,

with whipped cream.
I won the Evaluation Contest!

On to the District.
My Brasilian counterpart

is a Neil Gaiman fan!

So, and I'm sorry for

not telling you first,

I mentioned the time I met him.

Suddenly, we relate. ^_^
My heart can stop

hammering on my ribs

at any time now.

Mighty Girl cracks me up.

Would that I could write like that.



Just thought you'd like to know.
Tee hee.

Hello, Meeker.

Welcome to my pockets.
Rewriting the speech

two days before the next contest

is a good thing.

Oh dear god,

a new kind of agony:

foot asleep


foot cramp.
Oh, jeez, feeling old.

Heard in my

Corporate America Cafeteria:

Temple of the Dog.
From the source...

The biggest difference

between Brasil and the U.S.:

"We drink beer in big bottles,

and coffee in little cups."
In San Jose,

meeting old friends.
Hotel with a T1,

so I can download all that spam

in style.
I should be sleepy.

But I'm going to

California in a few hours!
Time for a re-write:

"I pledge allegiance

to the Constitution..."
No way.

At the grocery store,

they zamboni the concrete!

My life is so surreal.
No! Noooooooo!

That was Ctrl+Q

(mark as read), Delete.

Not Ctrl+A (select all), Delete.



Oh, wait.

Window washers.
*blink blink*

And an award and a bonus...

My business partner

in denial

Perhaps I ought to practice

this speech I'm giving tonight.

I don't feel any different.
Trying to get well

by acting well,

I switched ankle braces.


I am not well.


I'd like to thank all the little people

who live under my desk...
At this hour,

only spammers send me love.

And still,

I've failed.
When it's time to re-evaluate:

When 6:30

is "overslept."
My new panacea:

"Store it in the database!"

You're so zen,

I bet you think this song is.
Ran in the woods

with my sweetie.

(Before falling, this was.)

If I had my own blog,

I would write:
If I had any sense,

I'd be driving to Houston right now,

to see Stephen Hawking.

My god,

it's full of glue.

(Dave Bowman,

I am not.)
Oh no!

Out of tissues!

How long

do you search

for something

you're not sure

Where did all you people

come from,

all of a sudden?

My brains

are leaking out of my head

through my nose.
Now, off to my


dermatologist appointment.
I did it!

stand up and reach

stand up and reach

And I did it!

Trees full of blossoms.
*blink blink*

Nobody said they'd be cute.
I dare you.
Good morning.
Sudden thought, to investigate:

If games are stored in the db,

instead of html,

will they come up

in search engines?
I had enough time to think,

"I'm falling...

I'm still falling."

Had a great climb last night.
You know something?

I like it when you comment.

It's lonely here.
Lost pines.

Found me.

Good day.
Developers always think

it'll take 10 minutes.

We're always wrong.

[drums fingers on useless keyboard...]
Hey, lookit:

It's 03/03/03.


do something momentous.
It is a mac&cheese
kind of day.
The word for the day,

boys and girls,

is inauspicious.

Quit raining, you!

I'm hiking tomorrow.
French manicure, and voilà:

I look like Audrey Hepburn.

I won.
And, figuratively:

Where are you?
I'm pleased with how

this one turned out:

Who are you?
'S gonna be

a long day.
Another day,

another manager.
Snow days

when you're a grown-up

are marvelous.
I know you were dying

to know that.

Callouses itch!
Jeremy reminds me

that it takes extra conviction

to protest in a Chicago winter.

It's easy to be indignant

in a t-shirt.

I won.
I'm always the last to know:

Google bought Blogger.
What we

did today

with 10,000 friends.
Playing bocce

on my birthday.

(They creamed us.)
Bill Goldman,

author of The Princess Bride,


You Can Count On Me,

for what it's worth.

My microwave

has a mute button!

All of my dreams

have been fulfilled.

Ever devise the perfect meme

and then realize you only

remembered it?

At least there's Google,

to save you the embarrassment.
News websites

design as if

newsprint is expensive.
Oh, look.

I have a blog.

Where did that come from?
Mental success:

Climbed an actual route,

sticking to just

the green-marked holds.

5.7 -- Woo hoo!

Also: Ow.
Oh, man.

We're running out of characters.

But then,

two I'd thought were done for

And another character died,

by the way,

for those following along

at home.
I bow in reverence


for the gifts I've been given,

too numerous

and too ethereal

to be listed.
This is not news:

I have wonderful friends.

I am a lucky, lucky

Sherbirfday Girl.

And now they're home.


Swell visit. Much eating.

And much hugging.
They're here,

they're here.

I want my mommy.

Oh, hey, lookee that!

Three hours left...
Damn it.

This gets bigger

every time I look at it.

Kudzu bugs, grrr.

Nothing like

new software

to make you feel

really stupid.
Geez, he did it again!

Being a character

in a George R. R. Martin book

is perilous, indeed.
Picking up parents

in 14 hours.

I am subsisting on



and nerves.
Table Topics question for ya:

If you could,

what would you tell

your five-year-old self?
Ah ha!

The reason I always misspell


is "epitome."
And now, a haiku:

Just ate a cookie.

Now I feel nauseated.

You would think I'd learn.

These books!

In ten swift pages,

he killed three main characters.

I am reeling, and engrossed.
Oh, man,

did the planets align this morning.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

when you are not President,

is awesome!
It's hard to keep up.

Tuesday reached 80.

Currently, it is 36.


What? No!

I'm a programmer.

Pro Gram Mer.

Who said I wanted to be

a Business Analyst? Ack.
Reset the p-RAM.
Girl Scout cookies

turn dads

into dealers.
The theme for conference rooms

on this floor is boardgames.


"Off to Aggravation?"


So true, so true...
Nothing like an impossible deadline

to demotivate me utterly.
What are you looking for?

It is too cruel,

having a weather applet

on your site,

when outside, it is 66,

and inside, it is beige.
This worked so well before.

Tell me a joke?
"Electronic paystubs...

except in Oregon."

*blink blink*

We have employees

in Oregon?
Unless you hurl yourself


at the cave for 2 hours,

in which case it hurts in 24. Ow.

But it's a good hurt.
Okay, ow.

Rock climbing hurts

36 hours later.

I remembered my dreams today.
Things that catch you off guard:

The IRS sent only one

1040 form...

and that's the right number.
Like a magic elixer:

Toastmasters meeting,

past president.

I feel great!
Wistful thought

from the third floor:

I could go down there

and dig my toes

into the Sahara

of the volleyball courts.
Why I should seek help:

Customizing WeatherPixie,

it said sunrise was 10 min ago.

I turn around,

and am startled that it is light out.
tee hee

The WeatherPixie

if Blogger were going to fail,

I kinda wish it wouldn't

obliterate my blog when it did.

But I understand why it does.

user-generated errors

are my favorite kind.

Easiest to fix.

*relieved sigh*
I think

this year's element

shall be:

Dexterity defined:

Clasping a bracelet

on your own wrist.
Guilty pleasures:

I like being Grammarian.
Hey, wait.

I missed my blog's birthday.

A year of the scraps of paper

of my life...
When it rains,

it pours.

Today is Trouble Ticket Day.
"Readers Theatre"

is half right.

I ran Toastmasters elections

in half an hour.

Beat that, baby.

Plus, I'm not president any more.

I just received spam

about eliminating spam.


I let an it's/its mistake

go out in an email

to customers.

I am so chagrined.
What do you do,

at 4:40,

when you are *hungry*?

Must be my tape worm.
Ever ridden a motorcycle?

If you don't have

all that fancy gear,

what do you wear?

Aside from a helmet, of course.
Why do we congratulate

winners of door prizes?

It's not like they did anything.

is nothing like


Dang it.
Important communication tool

of our time: the mix tape.

Trying to compile one

that says the right things.

Trying to determine

the right things to say.
Predictions for 2003

from Textism.com,

just another example

of the writing

that keeps me coming back.
Assist my creative effort?

What are things that

experiencing once

makes you want more,

other than food?
Spent the day

at McKinney Falls

with a friend.
Oh, wait.

Maybe I do need to sleep.

But then I'd miss out on stuff!
I am on the balcony.

It has reached the hour

when the light is golden

and all the birds take flight.

Hello, New Year. I think I'll like you.
But I like palindromes.