Because of my inability to type fast or well at this point, I will make my story a quick one.

Monday night I slammed my left hand in a doorjam and managed to not only rip the fingrnail off my left middle finger, but also fracture the bone. We went to the ER and they fixed me up, but this SUCKS. My fingernail (or lack thereof) looks so monsterous and it will take forever for it to actually grow back.

I'm particularly bummed because it is right next to a very important finger that has been grooming itself for a very beautiful engagement ring that I am pretty sure is waiting in a box for me... :(

Engagement Ring meet Frankenfinger...Frankenfinger meet Engagement Ring.

Fly Naked T-shirt!

With all the restrictions on air travel, I see no other choice!

I actually sold one of these on my Cafe Press site! Thanks, DarLynn! ;)

Diversion Design T's

Drive By Blogging

Here's some snippets for you:

The Other "F" Word
At lunch today Patrick mentioned that when he was growing up, his Grandpa got onto him for calling a guy on The People's Court a "Fool" because he felt that it was just as bad as the other "F" word. My other co-workers who were also lunching with us, said they grew up that way too and that it was in the bible that "fool" was a bad word. I have never, ever heard that in all my 28 years. I guess that is what I get for growing up in a Catholic household? My mother would always say "God looks out for drunks and fools".

I need a tracking device...
...for everything I own, apparently. My wallet was lost or possibly stolen on Monday. Someone turned it in at the police dept. but they did take, at the very least, my corporate credit card. Everything has since been canceled and taken care of, but what a pain in the ass. Whoever was resposible is a FOOL. ha.

English 6000
In one week I start my very first graduate school course in Technical and Professional communictions. I can take two courses before I must submit GRE scores, so I'm going to test the waters and see if I can do this or not. English 6000 is editing. I have my big, fat Chicago style manual ready to go!

Another man was in my bedroom...
...because a roofer fell through my ceiling into my bedroom a week ago. That has been a major pain in my ass too. It took them 6 days to patch the hole and get it all painted. We had to sleep in the living room on the mattress. Last night we moved back into the bedroom and I woke up not knowing where the hell I was.

Recent Purchases
- Animaniacs Volume 1 - thanks Patrick!
- SanDisk 256MB MP3 player - yeah, its NOT an iPod and I know it, but it was only $13 and it'll hold enough for my purposes.
- Some clothes because I didn't want to do laundry last night (long story...I had a busy day).
- Turbo Jam DVDs...yeah, we'll see how that goes!

I like this way of blogging. I should try it more.

Diamond School

Yesterday I got schooled in diamonds! Someone Patrick works with suggested a guy in Montgomery, AL who deals diamonds. When I set up the appointment the receptionist told me that it would take about an hour and a half because he liked to do diamond education first. I can't believe how much I learned! It was fun too.

He touched on how diamonds formed and how they cut round and emerald cut diamonds from more perfectly formed diamond crystals and how they cut oval,heart, marquise, and other fancy shapes from diamond crystals that had "shifted" their growth pattern during formation.

He went through all the 4 C's I already knew about diamonds and elaborated on each of those things. I never knew this stuff and you can't find it online. He went through the measuring process and told you about how a carat is actually 0.2 grams and carats are measured in weight not physical size. Then he went into the correct proportions of the cut of a diamond and how that affected the reflection and beauty. He showed us exactly how to look at color and showed us diamonds that were slightly green (its not just a white/yellow thing!). After that he went into the clarity and explained different types of inclusions that can be found on a stone. There are so many more things he talked about that were interesting, but I couldn't possibly go into it all.

He even told us how he buys diamonds and showed us the invoice prices he paid, told us how much of a profit he makes (anywhere from 12-15%).

After the educational part, he brought us into his "lab" where he had the microscope set up. He asked us our price range and found a few diamonds that were in the range. He placed them all next to each other and we sort of went over the things he taught us on the actual diamonds. We looked at them under the 'scope and I think I found the one I want!!!

It really is a good deal. I looked at it under the microscope and saw the imperfections. They were VERY minimal compared to the problems I saw with diamonds in other places almost TWICE the price he was asking. He weighed it for us and measured it for us for correct angle and depth.

He suggested that we look again with out new-found knowledge and get back with him if he thinks we want his diamond. He didn't charge us ANYthing for the appointment.

This guy does have a great reputation and I can see why.

I'm soooo excited! :)