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Word vs. Excel [10 Mar 2008|02:11pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Word 2007 is slowly becoming my favorite Microsoft product. It is slowly edging out Excel (I liked 2003 better than 2007 anyways).

My dissertation experience is so much better now that I've figured out the ins and outs of 2007. I cannot even begin to image what it would've been like had I had to propagate the table of contents, the list of figures, and the list of tables by hand. Now, all I have to do is designate the headings I want included in each table and hit update. All the page numbers, tabs, and the stupid dots are formatted automatically, and I don't have to sweat the formatting at all.

On top of all this, EndNote works fairly seamlessly within Word 2007. Other than a few glitches every once in awhile, I don't have to worry about internal citations matching my bibliography. I can even cut and paste from previous papers I've written, and the citations follow and update automatically.

I might actually be able to finish the writing thing by Wednesday after all. =)

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Any help would be appreciated [08 May 2007|11:21am]
I'm leaving for a business trip on Thursday, and I'm going to be bringing a poster that's 1meter by 1.2meters. I'm looking for a telescopic poster tube that's not the cardboard mailing ones. I've gone to Art Center, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Office Depot, Office Max, FedEx Kinkos, and UPS store, and other than Art Center, nobody even knows what I'm talking about. I'd rather get the plastic one with the carrying strap so I'd be easier to carry, so I'm looking for any suggestions as to where else to look. Is there another art supply place in the city?
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Desserts [30 Nov 2006|02:20pm]
Generally, what do you think of when you think of a Christmas type dessert? I know around the holidays, people start baking cookies like mad, but are there other desserts that you generally think of when you think Christmas?
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My Feud with AA [24 Jun 2006|11:45am]
[ mood | aggravated ]

This is going to be very long and since I'm updating from the web interface and I can't remember how to do lj cuts, feel free to ignore this whole post.

I have never been so frustrated by a group of people in my life. I looked at my itinerary a couple of weeks ago, and I realized that the connection time in Dallas for my flight from Memphis to Paris was only about 40 minutes long. My mother is a travel agent, so I can access the program that travel agents use to book tickets. When I went on there to book the flight originally, the flight I was on was their default routing. My mom calls American Airlines to ask if the 40 minute connection time was sufficient. She called several times. Each time, they told her that it was a daily flight, and nobody's ever had a problem making the connection. They said that as long as I took the SkyLink from terminal C to terminal D, I would make it in plenty of time.

I get to the airport some 3 hours in advance. I check in, and I talked to the gate agent in Memphis. I asked her if it would be better to standby for the earlier flight, but she again assured me that there wouldn't be a problem making the connection.

We start boarding a couple of minutes after we were scheduled to board. I'm not too nervous yet, but the minute I get on board, I corner a flight attendant and explain to her my situation. She said that we were still on time, and that I wouldn't have a problem. Halfway through the flight, I know for a fact that we really are no longer on schedule. I ask her to call the airport and get them to hold the plane, and she does. She told me that we were coming in gate C8 and that the SkyLink platform was right there. I would just need to get off at D22. She said that since it was the last flight to Paris, they would hold the plane a couple of minutes. They know I'm coming, and they would wait. She said that she couldn't guarantee that they would wait long, but they would wait a few minutes.

The minute we're on the ground, I've got my seatbelt off, I've got my backpack in the aisle, and I'm ready to bolt off the plane. Seriously, I was the 3rd person off that plane. I run all the way to gate D22, and I'm 2 minutes late. TWO! The conversation only gets more stupid from here.

Me: I was told by the flight attendant that you were going to hold the plane.
Him: It is our policy to NEVER hold planes.
Me: The flight attendant said you would.
Him: You probably flew American Eagle, and they don't know what they're talking about.
Me: I flew in on American Airlines.
Him: I don't believe you. Let me see your ticket. (Looks at ticket) Well, you were misinformed.
Me: It is ridiculous that if this is your daily routing that the connection time isn't longer.
Him: Well, it is your fault for not taking an earlier flight.

MY FAULT?!?! Seriously! If this is your default routing, and you can't guarantee that your customers are going to make the connection, it is now the customers fault? I am completely pissed and frustrated by this point. I call my mom and told her that she had to come and talk to these people because I want compensation (which they say they don't have the authority to give and I have to snail mail their customer relation office).

My mom comes and we go to the ticketing counter. Seriously, the customer service went from bad to worse. We go up to the counter. My mom starts to talk to the guy because I am seriously so frustrated that I was a hairsbredth away from hysterical. He listens to my mom for all of a second, and I'll relay parts of the conversation below.

Him: Are you the customer?
Mom: No, she is.
Him: Well, I don't want to hear from you then. (turns to me) What's the problem?
I explain the situation.
Him: What do you want me to do?
Mom: We want compensation in two forms. We're not going to use the hotel or dinner voucher (because I've lived in Dallas 20 years and I have no idea where this hotel they put me up at was). We want an AA voucher instead. Second, I want her on the waiting list of business class upgrade.
Him: I can't do either of that. We don't handle any of that.
Mom: If we don't stay at the hotel, then AA makes money.
Him: It is your decision not to use it. There is nothing I can do.
Me: Look, if you can't do anything, at least I want my luggage.
Him: I am not in charge of luggage. I have to way of getting it for you. I don't understand why you want your bags.
Me: Can you guarantee that it will get to Paris?
Him: American Airlines has been in business for 75 years. They have procedures for this. Your bag won't be in Paris without you (which was completely not what I was worried about). It's not like your bag is just sitting on the curb.
Me: In the 75 years that American Airlines has been in business, are you trying to tell me that you've never lost a bag?
Him: Oh, we lose luggage every day.
Me: Exactly. Can you guarantee that my bag will make it to Paris?
Him: Well, if you're going to be so pessimistic about us, there's nothing I can say to you.
Mom: Look, what can you do to compensate us and rectify the situation?
Him: I've been standing here listening to the two of you for 30 minutes. What more do you want from me? Plus, you're not the customer.
Mom: I am the mother of the customer.
Him: Sure, now you say you're her mother (as if my mom would lie!).
Mom: (now completely pissed) I am her mother, I have always been her mother, and I will always be her mother. I want your name.
Him: Please, write down my name. This way I don't have to talk to you people any more!

The nerve of the guy! I realize that I'm just a lowly customer flying coach, but my mom works at the largest travel consolidator agency in the whole of the US. Please, piss them off. She personally knows a lot of the bigwigs at American Airlines.

We go down to baggage claim to try to find my bags. The girl there was like, that people at the ticketing counter have to do a bag pull before we can access your bags. I was like, there is no way I'm going back up there to talk to the guy. Can you not call? Apparently, they have no ability to call their own people within the same airport. I was like, fine, what do I have to do. Apparently, I have to get the ticket person to pull my bags. Then I was to go down to them and let them know. Then, I had to wait at the airport for SIX HOURS before I could get my bag. At this point, I am sooooo hoping that my bags don't make it to Paris.

I am already going to write a letter to customer relations. I will write letters to the CEO, CFO, CIO, and whoever else in the company. If I don't hear from them promptly, I have no issues sending the same letters to the Dallas Morning News, ABC, NBC, CBS, and whatever other news organizations. I will so start a boycott American Airlines campaign if I have to.

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Blockbuster SUCKS!!! [06 Dec 2005|02:22pm]
[ mood | furious ]

This is just a warning to all Blockbuster members to beware of the differences between their corporate "policies" and their actual practices. My brother had a film project to do last year for school. They needed a couple of movies for a couple of months. Rather than doing the smart thing and just buying the DVDs, they decided to sign-up for the Blockbuster Rewards program. Since none of them actually had a Blockbuster card, my brother had the brilliant idea that hey! my sister has one. He went up to the counter, asked them to search the database by our home phone number, and voila they found me. They added the rewards program to my account, and they charged the fees to a classmates credit card. Okay, the group was stupid, and they didn't cancel the program when they finished. However, when they realized that they were being charged for this, the girl called and talked to the corporate office. Whoever she talked to there said that they could refund the 5 months of inactivity, but they couldn't do it without talking to me because it was my account. I called them, and they said that they needed the credit card number (which I don't have because I'm not the card owner). This has been going on since August. When I went home, I went into the store, and we finally got one month's refund, but they said that we needed to contact corporate for more of the refund. I called corporate, and they said that someone would contact me within a week. They haven't contacted me, and I've just found out they've closed the case. Yeah, needless to say, I'm pissed. I'll let y'all know what happens when I actually get ahold of the district manager and chew her out.

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1 temperature...all the time [03 Oct 2005|03:29pm]
[ mood | cold ]

It's like 90 degrees outside, and I'm in jeans and a windbreaker. Why? Because I happen to be sitting in the coldest hospital in the world. Okay, so it's not that bad. At least it's better than the 80 degrees last week in the lab. Why can't the stupid thermostat just work? It can never be just comfortable in here.

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911 [26 Jul 2005|11:57pm]
[ mood | shocked ]

I needed to stop by work tonight, so Jeremy picked me up and took me to work. When we got back to my place, Jeremy parked his car in the visitor lot to walk me back to my apartment. When we pulled into the garage, we had seen a car parked on the street smoking, and as good rubberneckers, we decided to take the long way to my apartment just so we could gawk. We thought the car had just overheated, but as we were leaving the garage, we could smell the fumes and smoke. When we got outside, we could see there were flames under the car. As we got closer, a guy ran out of the apartment buildings with a fire extinguisher. We figured he was the car owner, so we started walking away. As we passed the car, the guy called out to us and asked us to call the fire department. Since Jeremy didn't have his cell phone on him, I let him use mine to call 911. As he's on the phone with the dispatcher, the guy with the extinguisher smashes the driver side window in order to get into the car to unlatch the hood (he was obviously not the owner of the car). He tried to lift up the hood to get to the fire, but the hood was too hot, and the minute he lifted the hood, the flames lept up and started really burning. He ran to unlatch the hood again, but by this point, the flames were getting really big. He decided that he had tried enough to help and joined me and Jeremy on the other side of the street. At this point, another couple came out and joined us and we all had a huge discussion about the flaming car. Apparently the car had been flaming for awhile, but it had to have started after 10:45 because that was when I left for work.

A couple of minutes later, a cop car pulls onto fourth and sees the flaming car. He immediately gets on his radio (he was probably told that somebody had already reported it). He tries to pull closer to the car, but he had to back up because of the flames and the smoke. The cop then asks us if we had any marshmallows since it was beginning to look like a block party. It probably took the fire truck 5 minutes to get to the car. When they got there, they put out the flames under the car first as a fireman starts to pry the hood open. The guy who had broken into the car to unlatch the hood was like "It's already unlatched." They put out the fire and started looking through the car. After another cop pulled in, we decided that everything was under control so we went back to my apartment. Most of fourth is blocked because the firemen are probably still out there drenching the car to prevent the fire from starting again.

During the whole episode, nobody came out to claim the car. The cop was kind of shining his flashlights into the windows of the apartments facing the car as those would be the people most likely to own the car, but nobody so far has claimed the car. We were talking about it, and before we left for work, there was a limo parked outside the apartment and a couple people had come out of the apartments and gotten into the limo. They were parked next to this particular car, and I think I saw someone get out of the car and into the limo. That would suck if they got back from a huge party only to find out that their car's been totally wrecked. I don't know what I would do if my car spontaneously caught on fire!

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TaDa! [24 Jul 2005|10:58pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

After spending almost all weekend on it, our wedding website is now up and running. It's still missing a lot of stuff, but I'm liking the direction its headed. I'd appreciate any and all input.

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ARGH!!!!! [24 Jul 2005|12:26am]
[ mood | angry ]

I've honestly told everyone I meet new to Memphis how much I enjoy watching movies at the Muvico downtown. I can now no longer say that. I believe everyone has the right to see whatever movie they want, and I've often been amoung a crowd of crazy fans on opening weekend. However, when the movie theater and Peabody Place does nothing in way of crowd control, I don't personally feel safe. When every single African American over the age 12 descends on a theater for a movie, one would think that the theaters would be better prepared. We're not even talking opening night. The movie came out Friday! Then we get kids running in and out of our auditorium because apparently they can't get in to watch Hustle & Flow. Either 1) their parents were watching the movie and just left these kids to fend for themselves or 2) they bought tickets for the Fantastic Four in order to sneak into Hustle & Flow. Regardless, where are the employees checking tickets and generally maintaining order?

Then on top of all this, as we're pulling out of the garage, a security guard directing traffic forces me to turn right onto peabody out of the lot when I live like 2 minutes away if I turn left. Were there cars to the left? No! What was on the right? A huge group of pedestrians and traffic backed up all the way from Main! Then the guard gets all frustrated because I'm not turning right fast enough. HELLO!!! If you aren't going to tell the people to stop stepping in front of my car, I'm not moving! I have this aversioin to running people over with my car. I mean, it's a personal preference, but I don't want to fix my car constantly from all the blood, gore, and dents. It took me 20 minutes to get home because not only could I not just take peabody, the MPD had blocked off third street. So, I have to take Peabody to FRONT STREET then drive down Madison because you just know Union is going to be a parking lot on a Saturday night.

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All our operators are busy... [13 Jul 2005|10:03am]
[ mood | cranky ]

How many people actually call the help desk at 9:00 in the morning? UT has this stupid rule that you have to register your computer and IP address every year or else you can't get onto the network. So, today was the day I had to do that. I spent 2 hours installing service pack 2 and mcafee. Everytime my computer restarted, the whole process would start over. *UGH* So I spent the last 3 hours working on this, and finally after the third install, we had progress. But, this was after I was on the phone on hold for an hour and still nobody picked up. Wouldn't it be easier just to say that nobody is there or that everyone stepped out for coffee? I still never got to talk to a person even though my questions are of "great importance to them."

On another note, where the heck is my caterer/wedding coordinator lady who's supposed to get back to me today because she decided to take a vacation?

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*sigh* [11 Jul 2005|04:22pm]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Why would you have a contract written up so vaguely that even a blithering idiot would be reluctant to sign? Why would you then make the deadline for the contract and deposit on a day that 1) nobody works and 2) during a week where you're going to be on vacation? I'm really beginning to think that the reason the price for weddings at this hotel is so reasonable because the head catering lady is so flaky. We had a couple of meetings and during those meetings, we hashed out a lot of pricing and amenities and stuff to be included in the package. When I went back with my mom the last time, she gave me a contract to look over and sign. She told me to let her know if I had any problems or would like to add anything. She said she would be available by e-mail or by phone. I read through the contract, and the only interests that the contract protected was the hotels. Even the stuff originally included in the wedding packet was missing from the contract. Needless to say, I'm not signing a thing until I get the contract I want. So, I've e-mailed her a list of all of my concerns, and it turns out, she will be gone until Wednesday. Let's see, I have to have the contract signed and a deposit made by Sunday. Even if she gets me the contract on Wednesday, I know I'm still going to have issues with it. Plus, I'd like to get someone else to read over it before I sign it anyways...I'm so frustrated!

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Nice [22 May 2005|07:25am]
So, Nice is...well...nice.  The weather here is warmer than expected, so it's good that I also packed for Dallas.  I met some cool people here.  The girl that's my roommate is really nice.  They have wireless internet in the bar, but the signal strength switches from low to very low, so I don't know how long I'm going to be online.

I had a very weird sense of deja vu Friday on the plane.  I feel asleep on the plane before we taxi'd out of the terminal.  When I woke up, we were again back at the gate.  I was like...woah short nap.  But really an hour had passed and the plane was experiencing mechanical difficulties.  Thankfully those got resolved and we were on our way.

I'll try to post some more later.  I think I'm going to go find my roommate and walk around some.
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EpIII in a week [11 May 2005|06:11am]
There should not be a 4am.  Period.  So currently it is 6 in the morning, and I've been at work for 2 hours already.  Why you might ask?  There is a guest lecturer this morning at 8 that I wanted to go see.  Then I have class from 9-10:30 with a guy on my committee, so I should probably actually go to class.  Then I have a meeting at 10:30 with another guy that we work with to discuss the experiments that I am currently doing.  Then, I probably have to come back in to work later tonight though I haven't decided when.  Maybe I can leave at lunch time.  Wanna go to lunch with me Jeremy?

On a happier note, we're delivering giant fortune cookies to Jeremy's mom and grandmothers tonight.  They're a belated Mother's Day present.  We got them at Good Fortunes, and despite a shipping snafu, I think they're a fairly decent company.  Maybe we'll have pics of the cookies before we deliver them.

All right, back to work for me!
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WE'RE ENGAGED!!! [28 Mar 2005|03:35pm]
[ mood | excited ]

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Love [16 Mar 2005|12:43pm]
[ mood | giggly ]

I have the best boyfriend in the world!  =)  All week, I've been finding a rose somewhere when I least expect it.  I found one on Monday after work sitting on my desk at home.  I found one on Tuesday morning propped up against my steering wheel.  Jeremy asked me to go to lunch with him and he had a third in the car with him.  I'm so happy!  He's really thrown me for a loop with all of this because I didn't think he was capable of being so sneaky.  hehe

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[14 Mar 2005|01:57pm]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

Jeremy and I went home this weekend, and it was so much fun.  We did a lot of tourist-y stuff like go to the Reunion Tower, wandered around the West End, and took pictures of the grassy knoll in Dealy Plaza.  The weather was so nice all weekend.  I forgot how much I missed home until I got back to Memphis.  Usually, I'm only home when my mom needs help at the office, so I'm working all the time.  I never really enjoyed that because I was stressed and working.  But being home last weekend, I got to spend some quality time with my parents that I had not had a chance to have for a long time.

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When the cat's away... [01 Mar 2005|12:53pm]
[ mood | silly ]

Today's my boss's birthday.  When he left yesterday, the lab came together and decided that rather than take him out to lunch as he shares a birthday with his mom and they usually go out, we were going to have a birthday breakfast celebration.  I was in charge of coffee, Kathy was in charge of fruit and juice, and Ziba was in charge of banana bread.  We all showed up early and set everything up in the conference room.  At about 10:00 he still hadn't showed up and nobody had heard from him.  We tried calling his cell, his home, all to no avail.  Dr. Levy showed up with one of those big checks from the March of Dimes to the Children's Foundation, so we decided to cover up the original "Pay to the Order of" line and put our boss's name.  Since we had all skipped breakfast, we decided to go ahead and eat without him.  We had pictures taken, we were partying.  Then around 11:30, he sent us all an e-mail saying he was staying home today.  The punk!  So, we've decided to e-mail him the pics just to show him just how hard we were all working.  =)  I can't wait until he sees them.  I'll post them when I get a copy.  We did waste all morning on play and no work.

Here's the link to the picture of us toasting our boss (with Starbuck's coffee). http://teresa.yakk0.org/DSCN2190.JPG

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Snatching defeat... [27 Feb 2005|01:50am]
[ mood | exhausted ]

...out of the jaws of victory.  How can we be leading by 11 points with 7 minutes of the game left only to score only 6 points in seven minutes?  My throat hurts, my feet hurt, my muscles hurt.  The upside is that I got some cool beads, a couple of free shirts, some blinking necklaces, glowing necklaces, and my picture taken with Carney, D Wash, Red, and Pouncer.  I think it's time to sleep now.

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I PASSED!!! [16 Feb 2005|03:03pm]
[ mood | relieved ]

After all the nerves and the anxiety, I passed my qualifying exam.  Yea!!!  Thanks to all the people who thought good and happy thoughts this morning.  =)

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Admission [15 Feb 2005|04:54pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

I am so nervous right now my hands are shaking.  Tomorrow morning is when I take the oral portion of my admission to the doctoral program here.  I have to get up in front of my committee and give a short presentation of my written portion.  Then, they get to ask me questions about anything I guess.  Hopefully, I will sound intelligent and well spoken.  Since I have no idea as to the nature of the questions, I've been told that I just need to study everything.  Yeah, needless to say, I don't feel very prepared.  Plus it doesn't help that when I talk for extended periods of time, my throat gets dry and tries to close up on me because I've still not gotten over my cold completely.  Everyone has told me I'm going to do okay.  I've been told that it would be unnatural not to feel nervous.  I already have scenarios of oversleeping and forgetting important things running through my head.  All the people I work with are going to be sending good karma my way tomorrow at 9:00 so if anyone has any time to spare, think about me.  Oh, and if I pass, I'm probably going to throw a huge party to celebrate!  =)

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