Monthly Archives: January 2013

At this moment in my life, as I have a lot of spare time lying on my parents spare bed, I spend a fair amount of time with earbuds inserted and eyes firmly planted on on the ceiling late at night. My good friends George Michael and Cathy Dennis tonight whisper in my ears their familiar exclaimations of Love and Longing. I feel about 8 years old again (about as old as I was when these people were international pop stars of renoun) and it’s a feeling not of warm fuzzy pre-adolescent thoughts but of anxiety.


You see, I don’t have a lot of happy memories that I can recall at about the ages of 6 to 8, mostly when I think of these times, I feel a great deal of anxiety. In the stillness of the night, I can almost hear my parents arguing in the living room or expect the door to open, shattering any sense of privacy or security. These “trips down memory lane” fill me with anxiousness and a longing for stability. I think these ages stick out in my mind as the most anxious is because perhaps as I got a little older, I… Continue reading

On May 24th, 2011, I posted a letter I had written to my then “boyfriend” or whatever you want to call “r”. Whilst glancing over the posts and categories on my blog here, I came across that post and letter. Here are my reflections now over a year later, in January of 2013.


When I look at the time stamp of that post, I realize that even though I didn’t know it then, I was already in love with (my now husband) Ken. I had “met” him on Twitter in 2009 through Christine Fischer and sent him the occasional message but really didn’t get to “know” him until around his birthday in May of 2011. I recall wanting to call him for his birthday and being so hurt when he told me not to because I thought he didn’t “like” me. It’s silly now but I’m glad he let me call him and that some deeper intelligence told me it was finally time to cut ties with “r”.


Here I am now, it’s January of 2013 and I’ve been married to Ken since November 3rd, 2012. I had no idea consciously that I would be here today, married… Continue reading

So, here I am in my PJs at my parents house alone. What is a girl to do? I could unpack my junk and decide what I am giving to charity (what I have left that is) but no, I decided to install OpenVBX.


The genesis of this story is when Ken was here, I was saying I kind of wanted to start my own phone line, harkening back to the days of phone line BBS systems. The twist is that instead of this being a throwback to the “original social media”, it would be recording based with me reading stories. I won’t go into details, it’s boring.


So I was thinking in terms of how it was done back in the day but of course now with the invention of the Internet (or “Tinternet” as Ken says), we have Open Source software like *ta da* OpenVBX.


What is OpenVBX, you ask? Good question. I’m not *entirely* sure right now. My understanding is that it is an Open Source voip system which has a “drag ‘n drop” interface for setting up call or SMS flows. It’s a pay-as-you go system where you may purchase a telephone number… Continue reading

Last you heard via our website (and the last we heard) was that the UK Border Agency had received and opened my Visa application. Since I’ve gotten lazy about trying to explain to people just what is going on with the #UKBA here is the actual email.

From: UK Border Agency
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:06:58
To: &lt;<a href=”mailto:K.THOMAS.CISR@GMAIL.COM”>K.THOMAS.CISR@GMAIL.COM</a>&gt;
Subject: Unclassified:  UK Visa application received


Dear Applicant,


The package containing your UK visa application has been opened and your supporting documents organized in preparation for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer.


Please note UKBA customer service standards for all applications are: to complete 90% of visa applications (except settlement categories) in not more than three weeks, 98%in six weeks and 100%  in 12 weeks.
To view the current processing times for visa applications submitted to the British Consulate General in New York, please click the following link:
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You will receive further e-mails advising you of –


1.      When your application reaches the next stage of the process; review by an Entry Clearance Officer, and
2.      The outcome of your application.… Continue reading

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