Friday, March 31, 2006

Friday night roundup

Roxie got a bath tonight. We didn't have enough hands to take a picture of her dripping wet, but here's an after picture. See guys, I told you she's just puffy!



Everything you ever wanted to know about 1337-speak.

An interesting loophole in South Dakota's new abortion law? (And the comic's funny too.)

Another consequence of the obesity crisis...and another. Wow.

Middle school holocaust "experiment" - tres original. Am I the only one who read this book? Matt hadn't. That kid in the article was a whiner though. I mean come on, you're 13 or 14. Boo hoo hoo.

Hit 'em when they're wide awake, and wonder how she's gonna take
It's hard to say, she's changin' every day...
She don't see the problem here, she don't know what's going wrong
It's hard when it's as deep as it was long
-Virginia Coalition, Valentine Eraser

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Seriously, what's wrong with a little pink?

Oh, you knew it was coming.

Me: i made my myspace page pink
Me: now i'm cool and definitely NOT emo
Matt Green: no way
Matt Green: you're so emo
Me: i am so not
Me: pink is the antithesis of emo
Me: it's the emo kryptonite
Matt Green: hahaha

Oh, and I got whistled at on my way to class this morning, by a Baltimore city worker. He wasn't old, or creepy. So it made me smile :-)

On a less pink note, I almost hit a pedestrian today. But it totally would have been his fault. Me in left lane going 30 mph, MTA bus in right lane going 5 mph. Traffic has a green light, pedestrians have a DON'T WALK sign (does *anyone* know what that means??) Guy says, "Hey, this bus is going really slow, I can get across the street before it gets to the intersection." Guy runs in front of (slow) bus, right in front of my (normal speed) car that is now about to pass the bus. He kept running, needless to say. I gotta point out, for all the asshattery in Maryland, at least they don't have a universal pedestrian law.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

There isn't any sweetness in the dreaming

I opened up this window, and then I completely blanked on anything interesting to say. So...my hairdryer blew up, I got a new one. I was persistant enough to dry my hair most of the way the other night with a curling brush. While I was at walmart, I also got a cute pair of pink shoes. I hate that most of the cute shoes are open-toed and I can't wear them to work, but for $8 what are you going to do? :-)

I'm so happy that it's going to be 71 on Friday.

This is gross.

You send your lover off to China, then you wait for her to call
You put your girl up on a pedestal, then you wait for her to fall
I put my summers back in a letter, and I hide it from the world
All the regrets you can't forget are somehow pressed upon a picture
In the face of such an ordinary girl - Counting Crows

Monday, March 27, 2006

Fire in the heavens of the eyes I knew

Boredness remedies:

Self-referential test
- didn't attempt this one, because it just looks crazy. It might be more helpful to print it out?

What kind of American English? - 65% general, 25% yankee, 10% dixie. Sounds about right to me.

Monday morning test
- to be fair, I took this on a Sunday afternoon. But I got an 11/11!!

Firing squad puzzle - didn't get the answer (although I probably could have spent a little more time thinking about it).

Movie night was a success, even though we were watching Carly's movies sans Carly. Oh well :-)

The guy at Starbucks calls me Sweetie. It's kind of cute, because I think he's younger than me. I still have yet to get free coffee out of this though.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Strange?

Apparantly Britney Spears giving birth is now a monument to pro-life. But if they really think she's "placing family before career" they've got another thing coming. I have to go laugh now.

'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life

Today is Julie's 16th birthday.

She should be having a big party and getting the keys to a new car today.

Instead, she's spending the day in rehab, trying to relearn how to walk and speak.

...

...

Happy birthday Jules. We <3 you. Please get better soon.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Burning through the list

Vet appointment and shots - check.

Lunch with Matt and Ryan (deep dish pizza and ice cream cookie sundae...mmm) - check.

Passport application - check.

Cupcakes:

Check.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Snoooooooooow

It's funny, 'cause there isn't any. Accuweather can't even be a-c-c-u-rate 12 hours in advance, and yet they're still going to try to warn us of a big hurricane 6 months from now. Oh, and I hate the accuweather.com radio commercials. That woman is so annoying. As is the woman doing the "cooking show" for the Wendy's chicken spinach salad. But I did love the new Old Navy commercial (for their "Spring Stripes") - the tune to that is so catchy :-)

So no snow. But it is really cold. Happy spring. Unlike Liz, who is a crazy Canadian, I am really sick of winter weather. I went skiing, I built a snowman. I'm done already. I'm tired of the cold, I'm tired of my hair tangling because of the wind and the dry air and rubbing against my sweaters and coats. I'm tired of trying to figure out what to wear over or under a shirt because one layer is never enough for me. I miss my tank tops and flip flops.

Matt's review of Movin' Out is pretty funny :-) But I'd still recommend it for a fun evening out. It's really not that bad, guys.

This is a song about the girl next door
This is a song about the everyday occurrences
That make me feel like letting go...
Yes, I guess we need the drama
So much for the afterglow - Everclear

Sunday, March 19, 2006

If that's movin' up, then I'm movin' out

Went to see Movin' Out at the Hippodrome tonight. It was awesome!!

Matt, at intermission: "This is a ballet in disguise! I got pwned."
Matt, afterwards: "I bet more guys would go to the ballet if there were more of them with strippers."

Afterwards we had our debut at the Cheesecake Factory, which seemingly sprung up overnight at the mall in Columbia. We started with potstickers, then I had four cheese pasta and dulce de leche cheesecake and Matt had hibachi steak and oreo cheesecake. I brought a ton of food home too.

Man, I have class tomorrow. Last class evar!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Life Surgery

I took the back roads home on Friday. I love doing that when it's sunny out and I don't have to be anywhere at a particular time. It's even better when I can roll the windows down, like last week.

So anyway, I was thinking, that there's been a tumor in my life for far too long. And I have been enabling and feeding this tumor for far too long. So what do you do when you have a tumor poisoning the rest of you? You cut it off at the source. So I did. It's only been two days, and I already feel better :-)

She said "I'm leaving you for someday
And I gotta go, lah-dah-da, lah da da"
-VaCo

Something to look forward to?

I had to repost this from Sean and Jen's baby blog (due in September!) because it made me laugh so hard when I read it. Jen's First Craving:
After a grueling day at the auction house I went home and collapsed but couldn't fall into a restful sleep because all I could think about was that smushy cream cheese and the crispy crust of .......crab ragoons. So I ordered out. The baby ordered out. And then we ordered out together. We ended up with three bags totaling 18 crab ragoons! When they arrived we celebrated and ate and ate but only made it through one bag. Then the realization of what I had done started to sink in. What was I going to do with all of these crab ragoons?
Teeheehee :-)

Just a suggestion

If anyone is looking for a rockin' 25th birthday present to get me (and wants to get their shopping out of the way like, now) I would LOVE to go on the Barenaked Ladies Ships And Dip cruise.

Barenaked Ladies' Ships and Dip will stop in Turks and Caicos. The band will perform multiple concerts and multiple trips to the buffet, and, in between, everyone aboard will be treated to a truly Barenaked experience. From intimate solo shows to jam sessions to a rollicking karaoke party with BNL, Ships and Dip is a must for any true Barenaked Ladies aficionado.

I'm just sayin' :-)

Oh, and this is my 400th post! Woowoo!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Funny, funny, awesome

"You are such a man's man, that you live in a town called Nutley. Did you plan that? Like, look on a map for Ballsville?" - Stephen Colbert
"Well, I didn't want to live in Bellsville." - Frank Vincent

Two cool bumper stickers:
My Cat Didn't Make the Honor Roll
Save the Environment - Plant a Bush Back in Texas

Julie's surgery went well today, and she's finally walking!

I look back on my problems now
They weren't even there at all - VaCo

You remind me I'm a little more than useless

So at the last second I filled out an NCAA bracket, totally randomly, just to see how it would turn out. So far I'm 17-7. Not too shabby. I've got UCLA over Duke and Georgetown over U Conn in the Final Four, with UCLA taking home the big kahonas. I have no idea what that means :-)

My mom sent me this picture today: Sunset at the North Pole


I think this dress will be the next one added to my closet - before June I hope! I also need a summery sort of sundress too...I'm thinking something like this one.

Still I come and go, day by day
Troubles gettin' farther and farther away
Come and go, day by day -VaCo

Thursday, March 16, 2006

A further update

You may have noticed that I deleted my post from Wedensday afternoon. Seeing as how the situation has been resolved, I didn't think it needed to be up any longer. The real summary:
-Someone has been posting annoying/harassing comments in E's blog for over 5 months. I took a guess at who it was about two months ago, and thought our suspicions had been confirmed when said anonymous person "adopted" the name of the person I had implicated (B) and continued to post.
-I made an unwise and insulting comment, I thought in retaliation to the person that had been harassing everyone (but particularly E and me).
-"Internet police" inform B of my comment, B returns the favor in spades. Dramalarity ensues.
-50 billion high schoolers jump in with their "OMG $he sucks!!!11!" posts and comments despite not being remotely involved in current dramalarity.
-C files LiveJournal abuse report.
-Said comments on E's page are deleted.
-C closes LiveJournal abuse report.
-C apologizes to E and B, B apologizes to C and E. Group hug planned for later date.
-50 billion high schoolers look silly.
-Anonymous person continues anonymous posting. We'd all still like to know who it is, but since it wasn't B in the Comment Thread with the Computer, I'm out of the game.
-Michael Jackson gets another nose job.


And so the world is made right again. And now I'm *really* done.

Now Listening: Collective Soul - She Said

Assigning points

Steve wins the point today for making me laugh. We were discussing the "open marriage" link that I had posted below.

S: your linky loo was funny - esp the one about non-monagamous marriage.
C: i think that's just laziness
S: as a weird side note - there is a whole culture devoted to the "swingers" couples - couples that whore themselves out to alternate stuff.
C: yeah, but from what i can tell from articles it pretty much almost always doesnt work
S: I would consider that a big DUH
S: but if it did, I am sure Phil would be the first one knocking on your door!

Keep it off my wave

Well now. I apologize for the boringness of my page the past week or so. Since my lab stuff is self-sufficient for 4 hours, I decided to actually take the time to find some real content for my half-dozen readers. So I offer you - THE SIXTEEN SEMI-INTERESTING LINKS OF MARCH 16TH. It's more fun if you say it in caps.

1. The Greatest Social Experiment in the World - USC vs. Cal, and "Veronica." Complete with picturey-goodness of the punk'd b-ball player.

2. Student recites 8,784 digits of Pi - in honor of pi(e) day. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to set a new world record (10,790).

3. FSM billboard in B'more - article was Farked last night, but seems okay today. For the uninitiated, "hon" is a slang derivative of "honey" popular to the B'more area (they have Hon Fest every spring) and the Believe campaign was done a few years ago to try to instill some hometown pride and faith in the city officials after a string of corrupt mayors and cops.

4. Open Marriage - AKA "cheating by the rules." Yeah right...last time I checked, human nature was still human nature.

5. Wheelchair-bound teen sues - claims discrimination because she isn't allowed on the track at the same time as other competetors. I sympathize with her disability, but I understand the concern of the school - that it's an injury risk to her and others. She still gets to compete in meets.

6. DNA origami - only one picture though...I was a little disappointed.

7. DNA in space! - another cool picture.

8. Damon Wayans' trademark woes - The US patent office won't let him trademark something that rhymes with "Jigga." They say that you can't trademark a word that disparages a particular group...but I seem to remember that "Dyke" made it through a year or so ago, also for a clothing line.

9. March Madness, Day 1 - if you follow that sort of thing. The only thing I know is that #2 UCLA and #15 Belmont are playing this afternoon, and we've got alums from both schools. Go Bruins! (teehee...it's funny...because they have the same mascot...)

10. Daily cuteness - Awwww :-) And I couldn't resist - here's another one.

11. And you thought traffic was bad now - here come the baby boomers! Hopefully by 2025 we'll all have hovercraft or flying cars.

12. Snowboarder vs. tree - I think we can safely bet on who wins. MSN video, only runs in IE (losers).

13. Egg art - Wow. Just...wow.

14. Okay, not a link, because I can't link to a MySpace bulletin. But this is the puzzle: "There are three words in the English language that end in "gry". ONE is angry and the other is hungry. EveryONE knows what the third ONE means and what it stands for. EveryONE uses them everyday, and if you listened very carefully, I've given you the third word. What is it?" Last time I checked, onegry wasn't a word. And of course it came with the standard "forward this and the answer will pop up on the screen!" which we all know doesn't work. I'm sure it's one of those obvious smack yourself in the forehead things, but I'm not seeing it.

15. Halliburton screws up again - is anyone shocked?

16. Trompe l'oeil pole dancer ads - very creative ad placement (has women wearing underwear, if you're clicking at work).

Whew!

Hate, if you want to hate
If it keeps you safe
If it makes you brave
- Soundgarden

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Glory days, well they'll pass you by

Ryan and I were talking about how he wants to get his pilot's license. Too much risk for me ("general aviation" has 100x more fatalities than driving a car. And thanks for signing off before I could find that stat for you, dork!) And I was thinking on the drive into work today - I did so many neat things in college. Hobby-like things, like horseback riding, and indoor rock climbing. And I have no real hobbies now because I can't afford to do things like that anymore.

No, I don't want to play poker online. I don't really like computer games, and I have no musical talent. But I would like *something* to do besides the internet and the TV.

Matt asked me what I liked to do when I was a kid. The trouble was, I didn't really get to do anything interesting when I was a kid. We couldn't afford hobbies then either, like gymnastics or rec sports, or summer camp. So I mostly just read, and played outside, and watched TV. I think that's the problem now. I also have a bit of a time crunch, so I can't do things like take classes through the rec center (like belly dancing, or watercolors).

Suggestions?

Monday, March 13, 2006

You can't sing the song without the girl

I found out about LiveJournalSecret a few days ago. The person that referenced it said that it wasn't as good as PostSecret. After having read the LJ Secret archives, I agree for several reasons. First, most of them have way too much text. I want to be able to read the "secret" within a few seconds. Second, people are lazy in MS Paint. All of the PostSecret postcards are handmade, works of art. Third, there are too many whiny "I love you/I still love you" tween posts. The secrets on PostSecret are *interesting* rather than repetitive. And finally, LJ Secret is much more graphic - some people will submit things anonymously via e-mail that they would never send through the mail. I can't think of any other site that I go to that I wouldn't go to at work.

But I'll still read them anyways. I just won't enjoy them as much as the weekly PostSecret installments.

Nerds In Love...

From Fark.com today:


Everybody say "awwww" :-)

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Oh yes, it's ladies night

LBD night out was a success! We had 10 girls, all decked out, head up to B'more for dinner buffet and Beauty and the Beast. It was a great show. I only got one decent shot of the actors though, because for some reason my camera decided to stop focusing about halfway through. I must have hit a button or something by accident. So, on with the pictures!



Ashley, Carly, Kim, Sarah, Randi, Bassy, Carlymo, Me, Pam (Katie met us at the theater. Come to think of it, I don't think we ended up with a shot of all ten of us.)



Half of the group - Carly, Carlymo, Bassy, Katie, Randi and Me. The lady at the box office was apparantly offended that we were paying for 1 reservation with 4 credit cards, and "retaliated" by putting us at two adjacent tables. Even though there was a whole empty table for 10 on the lower level, and another table for 10 with only five people sitting at it. Talk of "strongly worded letters" ensued.



Katie, Randi and Me - three of the four "Maryland Girls."



And finally, my one in-focus shot of the musical, during "Be Our Guest."

It was a super fun night, even though I didn't get home until 1am...so sleepy! My car also rolled over 50,000 miles on the way home last night - only 6 weeks shy of 2 years.

I think I need another nap now.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Mr. T sez

"Go buy a paper shredder, fool!"

(Page is very slow to load. For the abbreviated version, click here.)

Okay, NOW I'm going to sleep.

Ud-der-ly X-haus-ted

No, this post doesn't have anything to do with cows.

So, three hours of driving + three hours of work totally drained me today. I feel like I haven't slept in two days. Although the exact opposite is true. Stupid flold...or clu. I'm not sure which, I've got a little from column A and a little from column B. Just like a chinese menu.

My Old Navy card finally came. They had sold out of one thing I had in my bag (white polo shirt) but other than that I'm set. I also have a 10% off in-store coupon so maybe I'll try for the polo shirt there sometime too. Happy Happy spring wardrobe. And other than the polo shirt, I'm set til the fall. I only have three things on my fall wardrobe purchase list too - a black v-neck sweater and grey and white turtlenecks.

Viruses make me boring. I'm off to go sleep for a few hours.

"Now you know every black male watching this show just went out to loot something." - Me, after the last black guy got voted off American Idol.
"You're a horrible person." - Matt
"You laughed at it too." - Me

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Got me a case of the ughs

I was going to write a great post today to make up for my lack of interesting content over the past week. But I just don't have any energy. My cough has mutated into a full-blown cold, complete with sinus congestion, runny nose, aches and sore throat. According to the back of the cold medicine box, the only thing I'm missing is sneezing. Woo.

So the content will have to wait until tomorrow, hopefully. Hang in there.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Man, she's got some cleavage

No, not me. I couldn't think of a title, and that was the last thing that came out of my mouth. I was talking about a woman on TV playing blackjack and wearing a very low-cut shirt.

Anyway. The presentation yesterday went fine, despite my lack of data. Aaron didn't have much data either, but Rhoda said that my presentation was much more "polished" than his. The college fair went fine tonight too...nothing out of the ordinary there. Except I got there 10 minutes before it started because we had a fire alarm at work right in the middle of my procedure. It figures, on the day that I'm actually doing lab work and have somewhere to be that afternoon, I get to go sit outside for half an hour.

I hope my Old Navy card comes some time this week. Almost everything in my online shopping bag is on sale right now, but I need to card to place the order and get all the rewards. Gah!

I have this annoying cough that won't go away. It's really starting to bother me.

Carly and I had an interesting conversation today over IM. A slightly abridged version:
Me: do you just want to come by early saturday? i can try to hem your dress and we can get lunch or something, and then you can ride up with me to kim's place
C: I'm actually carpooling with carlymo, bassy, and ashley, so we're not going to be able to leave until 3/3:30ish
Me: well, then i'm free thursday and friday evening
C: ok . . . i'm sorry, and I feel really dumb, but i'm not sure what you're talking about?
Me: you had said on your page that you had a black dress, but that it wasn't the right length, and i offered to hem it for you if it was a simple fabric
C: i was like . . . crap . . . did i make plans with you and forget? that's not like me
Me: no, i'm trying to make the plans now
C: I can actually bring them on Saturday, and get them back from you on movie night? they just need to be let out 2 inches
Me: dont you want to wear it saturday night though?
C: what? no
Me: now i'm confused
C: pants? for my dress? i'm confused!
Me: you have pants for your dress?
C: i shrunk my pants. I have not yet purchased my dress.
Me: "I want to go get a new black dress for Sam and Bre's wedding tomorrow, and LBD night out next weekend, but jeez. I have a black dress already. It's just not the length I want."
C: oooh hahaha i really thought that was all in reference to my pants being shrunken.
Me: you shrunk your pants?
C: ok, my dress, is tea length. i want a long, more formal gown so even hemming it wouldn't help
Me: got it
C: i was allllllll sorts of confused
Me: apparently so was i. okay so back to the pants. is there two inches of hem to let out? and for the record, there was totally not anything about pants in that post…that was TWO posts prior :-P
C: right, right, I know…i'm just really good at remembering previous posts
Me: well, stop it
C: i don't know if there are two inches or not. man, i feel so dumb! i don't know how eric lives with me. usually i'm pretty level headed.
Me: okay now that all that is sorted out, i'm going to eat lunch. talking to you makes me hungry.

Pants...dress...okay then :-)

Well, I thought it was funny anyways.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Sunday Night Roundup

Saturday was a lot of fun. I went wedding dress shopping with Kim and her mom, and luckily only had to go to one place :-) We went to P.F. Changs for lunch and all had veggie spring rolls and yummy lo mein. Then last night was Steve's african dinner. He took over Ryan and Phil's kitchen and made us all ribs, sweet potatoes, salads, and dessert. Mmm. Then we ended up playing some DDR on Ryan's new big-screen TV, and watched an episode of MST3K. It was pretty bad :-) We didn't get home and in bed until after 2am.

Oh, and I went shopping at Kohls before dinner last night. I got this (in "bambi brown") and this (in "spring pink"). I also picked up a pink necklace and earrings to go with my black dress this weekend, and a pack of socks.

My presentation for tomorrow is done - I'm still slightly amazed at the fact that I managed to get 27 slides made with relatively no data. I finished my passport application too.

The doctors gave Julie an injection of medication in her spinal cord last week to help relieve the muscle toning in her legs and give her a better range of motion. It worked really well, so they will be surgically implanting a small box in her back tomorrow to deliver the medication constantly.

Today was church, Sbarros, two new tires, a nap, laundry, and dinner. Off to take a shower, blowdry my hair and get in bed now.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Calling all Hokies!

Alright kids...does anyone have an orange shirt I can borrow for an afternoon sometime within the next month? Preferably a woman's size small or medium, but others will work as well. I have a neat idea for the ING Direct photo contest :-)

Paging Dr. Freud

Two nights ago, I had dreamed of Julie again, except she was exactly the way she was when I had last seen her in November. To me, this means one of two things, but I don't know which one.
1. My subconscious has given up on her ever getting any better.
2. She'll now recover, because nothing I have ever dreamed has come true (and on occasion, that's not a bad thing, right Seth?) Including, so far, the 3 times or so that I had dreamed that she was recovered.

I didn't sleep well last night, and now I'm exhausted.

Roxie seems to have developed some kind of pavlovian response, where whenever one of us comes home she immediately goes to her food bowl. I don't understand how this happened, because we always feed the cats first thing in the morning.

I always get nervous for a second when my battery meter reads around 30-35% - on my old computer that used to mean roughly 5 minutes or so. I forget that it now means 45-60 minutes. Rock on, 12-cell LION. Rock on.

People in their mid-20s that act like 13-year olds simultaneously make me want to laugh and cry.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Up and down and back again

"Well, I said, you know me and Jesus, we're of the same heart
The only thing that keeps us distant, is that I keep f*****g up"
-
Indigo Girls, Shame on You

I want to call home and talk to my mom and hear good news next time I call. I always hear depressing stuff lately. A guy in my brother's barracks committed suicide last week. My brother was the one who found him and had to cut him down and (unsuccessfully) try to revive him.

Practice presentation in lab meeting today, real presentation on Monday. Apparantly Rhoda wants me to go to the melanoma meeting in Amsterdam with her and Staci in September. Luckily it's the week after Kim's wedding. I guess I need a passport (I've never had one before).

Just when I think I'm going to lose my mind, something makes me smile. Today it was Baltimore city police on segways. I can't see those without thinking of Siegfried and Roy on "Father of the Pride."

Another sunny afternoon
I'm walking to the sound of my favorite tune
Tomorrow doesn't know what it doesn't know too soon
-Oasis, Morning Glory