Cujo (don’t give me that look; I read Carrie when I was younger than she is. Yes, she’s old enough to read Cujo.) last night and today was looking at our collection of Stephen King books. “Does he have any that aren’t so… BIG?” she asked. Heh. (Oh my god! She was looking at the list of books by Stephen King and said “Do we have Dance Mack-a-burr?” I stared at her for a minute blinking before I informed her of the correct way to pronounce macabre. Which is not the funny part. The funny part is that years and years ago when Danse Macabre first came out, I was all excited and checked it out from the library, and that night my brother Tracy called from wherever he was (Colorado? Maybe?) and I told my mother, “Ask him if he knows that Stephen King has a new book out!”, and my mother asked him and relayed back to him that he had said “No, what’s it called?”, and I said “Dance Mack-a-burr!”, and then my mother (and I assume Tracy on the other end of the phone) laughed for a good long time at me. Hmph.)

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I don’t think I mentioned this, but when we did The Big Reformat on my computer a few weeks ago, the one and only thing I forgot to back up was our Quicken file. This means that all of our checking, savings, and loan information was dust in the wind. (Thank god I *did* make sure to back up the company Quickbooks files) Fred reacted better than I expected when I told him; there was no wailing or gnashing of teeth, just a moment of closing his eyes while silently asking himself how he could have turned all the family finances over to the biggest airhead in the south. The day after I realized what had happened, I got an email from the bank letting me know that our eStatement was ready and I could download it whenever I wanted. Have I mentioned that our credit union ROCKS? So I downloaded it, created a checking file in Quicken, took the ending balance from the statement, and then went online and printed out all the transactions there had been since the ending balance, so I could enter them in Quicken. I think at this point that we’re pretty much caught up, thank god. I may be an airhead, but I solved the problem! Of course, if someone wants to see a copy of the check I wrote to the spud’s school for her lunch fees from three years ago, we’ll be screwed since I won’t be able to bring up the check number, but eh. How often does that happen? (Famous last words, right?)
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GIZMO UPDATE! Kate said that Gizmo is getting along well with her big sister, Dulcinea. There’s been no cuddling, it’s all play-fighting and chasing each other around. I suspect it’s just a matter of time before they’re doing this.
Dulci and Gizmo. It seems to be a toss-up as to who’s winning this one. She’s so cuuuuuuuute!