Friday, March 30, 2007

Shooooooooooooooes

I went to the Payless in Columbia mall yesterday (long story) to try to find the shoes that I want so badly. They didn't have them, but the cashier checked the computer and two stores came up with shoes in my size, in Owings Mills and Glen Burnie. She said she could call and have them hold them for me for 24 hours. But when she called both stores, neither of them had the shoes on the shelf. Grrrr. AND, to add insult to injury, the woman behind me in line was buying the shoes, in size 6 1/2. SO UNFAIR!

In the meantime, I bought consolation shoes. And I'm considering two other pairs. I really think these are cute (although a tad on the pricey side). And I tried these on the other day, and they're also cute, but I'm not sure I can pull them off?

Sunday, March 25, 2007

96-84!

Wow, so Georgetown managed to win in overtime to save my Final Four from going completely shot. It was pretty sick to watch...UNC totally choked (apparently this was the seventh overtime loss in a row) and didn't hit a single basket until the last seven seconds of the game.

I like to root root root for a home team. Even though Georgetown didn't accept me to grad school. But I can forgive them.

Happy birthday Maryland

The colony of Maryland was founded on March 25, 1634. You look pretty good for 373 years, hon.

My bracket is all but toast at this point. I'm currently 0-3 on the Final Four, and Georgetown is down by three at the moment. Not that it matters because Kansas lost last night. Boo.

I *love* the new Pontiac convertible commercials.

Poker was pretty good last night. We only wound up with 9 people in the end, so we just squished onto one table. I went out on the bubble when my over cards didn't catch anything to Matt's lower pair. Eric ended up in third, Carly in second and Matt ended up winning this time. It was probably the shortest game we played too, as we started at 2pm and took about 30-45 minutes out for dinner and still finished by 8:30.

Since we were done so early, the guys decided to play a bit of 7-card stud (which apparently Jeremy got very lucky at) while the girls went to Target. Kim, Carly and Ashley were so impressed that we had a two-story Target with a cart escalator. I got a new lip gloss and some Neutrogena eye cream - it says it reduces puffiness and dark circles. On that subject, there are about a billion eye creams for wrinkles, and like three for dark circles. I call age discrimination. Oh, and a few days ago (during my trip to Yucky Walmart) I got the Almay pore minimizing cream, which I do like very much. My face care has really gotten more involved over the last couple months, but it seems to work so I'm not complaining. I love the Almay stuff.

Oh, and the shoes...they were the wrong ones. Boooo. Well, at least I hadn't planned my outfit to wear on Monday with the shoes yet. Maybe someday.

We played tennis today. I was a little rusty but it was still fun. We're really going to need to work harder if we're going to beat Team Nusbaum!

The Ford dealership in Columbia wasn't open for pickup today, so Matt's going to have to drive me up there tomorrow morning so I can get my car. And apparently it wasn't covered under warranty (??) to the tune of $360. Pwned. Well, that's what savings accounts are for.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Bracket Madness

So we're up to the Elite Eight. I correctly picked 7/8 teams (had Texas A&M over Memphis). The Ohio State-Memphis game is now irrelevant to my bracket since I had advanced Texas A&M to the Final Four. After tonight my bracket is 40-16.

As I mentioned in my last post, we had some unforeseen traveling tonight. We actually caught the very end of the Georgetown-Vanderbilt game on AM radio while in the car. The announcer was nuts. Georgetown had possession and was down by one point when they called a timeout at 14.2 seconds. They took the ball in, scored a basket, and Vandy had about two seconds left to respond. They missed. The announcer goes crazy: "No basket! No basket! No basket! No basket! No basket! Hoyas win! Hoyas win! Hoyas win! Hoyas win! Hoyas win! Hoyas win! Hoyas win! Hoyas win! Hoyas win! Hoyas win! Hoyas win! Hoyas win!" I'm totally not exaggerating. It was like something straight out of Family Guy. And it only got more comical as they replayed it three or four times in the post-game discussion.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Well, that was an adventure

So I was on my way home tonight, and it was raining. Just before I got out of the city, I noticed that my windshield wipers weren't moving. Grrrr. I've never been so grateful for traffic, because I wasn't able to drive the speed limit. I ended up pulling over on the side of I-95 four or five times to get out and wipe off the windshield between Baltimore and Columbia, where the nearest Ford dealership was. When I got there (around 6:30 maybe?) the mechanics were already all gone and the rental car desk was closed. The check-in guy thought it might be a fuse, so he replaced it but it immediately blew again. Hence, the motor was broken and they wouldn't be able to deal with it until tomorrow. So I had to call Matt and have him come all the way out to Columbia to pick me up from the dealership. And Matt's allergies were acting up today, so driving an hour in the rain was probably the last of his priorities.

I made it to the dealership safely and the motor should be covered by warranty. And we went to Bertucci's (though they never did bring back my favorite pasta...I just got pizza instead). So in the end it should be okay.

Poker tomorrow! And new shoes!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Growing up is hard

I've been interested in working at the NIH after I'm done here, and Rhoda gave me the contact info for someone who is currently an intern at the Center for Scientific Review. I looked up some information about the internship program online, and they want several years of postdoctoral experience. This wasn't exactly what I had planned. But I'm really interested in a CSR position, and the internship usually ends up with a job offer.

I did find a three-year Pharmacology Research Associate postdoctoral program at the NIH which I think would be tolerable.

I know it's probably odd to be worrying about this so far in advance, but I've always had a "life plan" before and I'm feeling a bit lost at the moment.

Monday, March 19, 2007

No wonder the world dislikes christians

When they do crap like this church does: No taxes on $4M parsonage
Quoted:
Detroit World Outreach Church isn't apologizing. In fact, members say the mansion is proof God has blessed them. The 4,000-member church is part of a growing movement that preaches prosperity. Also known as "health and wealth" theology, the ideology preaches that God wants followers to do well, be healthy and have rewards -- such as the $50,000 Cadillac Escalade the church bought the Giberts, who have four children.

Ben Gibert said God surrounds the faithful with beautiful things. One of the leaders of his church agrees. "God's empowerment is to make you have an abundant life," said Elder Marvin Wilder, a lawyer and general counsel for the church.

Hmmm, that's funny. MY bible says differently...
~In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
2 Timothy 3:12-13

~Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Matthew 19:21

~Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
Luke 12:15

~But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
1 Timothy 6:6-9

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Yaaaay!

Carly rocks my world! She found my shoes for me!

(Bracket update: 33-15 at the end of Round 2. All of my Elite Eight still in play).

Saturday, March 17, 2007

End of Day 3

My bracket is 29-13...all of my Elite Eight are currently still in play.

Oh, and the OSU/Xavier game was CRAAAAAAZY. Crazier than the VT game last night even.

We did a fondue dinner tonight at Sean and Jen's; Dave and Ellen came too. Ellen did cheese, Jen did broth, and I did chocolate. It was really fun. They told us when we showed up that we forgot to bring a baby. Ha.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Holy freaking crap!

Did anyone else watch the VT-Illinois game? OMG. We came from a 12-point deficit to take the lead by 1. Then we drew a foul. The guy (first trip to the foul line tonight) misses the first shot. Makes the second shot. Illinois bounced a shot off the rim with like 4 seconds to go. We seal the deal.

Oh, and what was UP with the refs and the technical foul calls tonight? I didn't see the replay of the first technical foul called on VT. But the SECOND...Washington got elbowed in the face reaching for a rebound, Illinois recovered it. Washington and his guard both immediately pivot, slip and fall. They call a foul on Washington for "tripping" the guy guarding him. WTF?? Amazingly the guy that was "fouled" (cry cry tears tears) missed all three of his technical foul shots.

My bracket is currently 21-7 with 4 games currently undecided. 14 of my Sweet Sixteen and all of my Elite Eight are still in play. I think that's pretty good.

I have a funny hunny

I seem to be the latest iteration of the lab plague. Came down with a sore throat late Wednesday night. I don't mess around with sore throats; I've had strep waaaaaay too many times. Anyway. I was taking my temperature this morning:

Me - 98.3
Matt - So you don't have a fever?
Me - Doesn't look like it.
Matt - Good, because we're all out of cowbell.

(They don't think I have strep, btw).

There's a sign on the way home from work in a shopping center. I was mentally reading it as I drove past, and before I realized that there was more than one business on the sign, my mind had already processed "Everything Equestrian Chinese Buffet."

Oh, and IT IS HERE.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I have a dream

Had a dream, I should say. Our mattress is going to be delivered on Friday. But last night I dreamed that it came today. Well, first off the delivery man didn't call ahead or even knock, so when he walked in we had to race back to the bedroom to take the sheets off the old mattress. Then, when he brought in the new mattress, it was *tiny* - and I couldn't figure out why. I asked the delivery man and he said "Tempur-pedic is a Swedish company...the measurements are in centimeters, not inches." I said "But the website said it was a QUEEN!" To which the delivery man replied "In Sweden, we have very small queens."

Under Jason's prodding, I filled out an NCAA bracket. Actually, I filled out 2. I did one using coin flips (tails = top, as in the physically higher of the two teams in each match-up). The almighty penny has spoken, and it predicts Butler over Niagra and Texas Tech over Albany with Butler taking home all the marbles. Har har.

The REAL bracket I filled out has Kansas over Oregon and Georgetown over Texas A&M with Kansas winning the title. Same as last year, I'm not going to bet money on it...just want to see how I do.

Ich habe hunger.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Oh!

I forgot to mention that we ordered our mattress last night.

We asked them to deliver on a Friday, for two reasons. One is that Matt works from home on Fridays so he wouldn't have to adjust his schedule to be here for the delivery. Two is that when we sleep for 15 hours on our new bed, we don't miss anything important :-)

I finished my cancer camp application and submitted it, AGAIN. Third time's the charm, right? Right??

I have to get up in 7.5 hours. For a Saturday, that's pretty sick. It's all Matt's fault too.

Go Hokies!

Why do you taunt me, shoes??

I got a Payless flier in the mail the other day. They had these totally cute shoes advertised for $12.99. Except no one has them :-( Not the store, not the website. I even looked on e-bay.

If anyone can find me a pair of American Eagle "Cammie" side tie skimmers, size 8, I will love you forever. And maybe even make you cookies or something. They look kind of like this, except they're cream instead of navy and have little brown flowers instead of polka dots. And the ribbon is brown instead of white. So cute!

Apparantly I'm part of this generation

This is a fascinating article about how the public space of the internet has created a culture among the younger set...and claims that the internet has created the largest generational gap since the advent of rock and roll.

The most hilarious headline on Fark yesterday: "It's International Women's Day. Don't forget to give your favorite broad a congratulatory smack on the ass."

Monday, March 05, 2007

Ollie ollie oxen free

Ollie North sent me a letter!

But wait, there's a quiz involved.

1. Do you believe that the liberal media are delivering fair and balanced reporting on our efforts to stabilize Afghanistan and Iraq?
-I don't believe that any media are delivering 100% fair and balanced reporting. Including your right-wing media. Because, you know, that's the whole point of journalism - to spin something the way your readers want to hear it.

2. Do you believe that the so-called "mainstream media" have ignored most success stories in the war on terror and focused almost entirely on the negative?
-I've seen plenty of human-interest success stories in the media. Unfortunately that doesn't change the fact that we cannot "win" in Iraq.

3. Do you believe that the liberals in the media tried to use bad news from Iraq to affect the outcome of the 2006 elections?
-I don't think the media needed Iraq to affect the 2006 elections. The Republicans did a bang-up job of that themselves without any outside help.

4. Do you agree that many in the American media would like us to surrender in Iraq?
-I don't think the media cares one way or the other, as long as they have something to report about.

5. Do you agree that the constant stream of negative reports out of Iraq is harming troop morale and hindering our efforts to bring peace and stability to Iraq?
-No, I believe that men being sent over in increasing numbers for a lost cause is harming troop morale, and people with hundreds of years of bad religious blood between them are hindering our efforts to bring peace and stability in Iraq.

6. Is it time for all freedom-loving Americans to stand up and say enough is enough to the biased, liberal and untrue stories coming out of the liberal media?
-I think it's time for all freedom-loving Americans to stand up and say we're sick of having our freedoms increasingly taken away in the name of the "war on terror."

7. Do you think that many in the liberal media secretly want America to lose the war on terror?
-Of course not, because now we have terrorism insurance.

8. Do you believe that we could have still won World War II if today's liberal media were reporting on that war effort?
-Sure, because men believed in that cause in droves and Europeans were generally more concerned with being freed than with blowing themselves up as a suicide bomb.

9. Do you agree that the American media is aiding and abetting our enemies with their constant stories of defeat and despair in Iraq and elsewhere in our worldwide war on terror?
-When did it become a WORLDWIDE war on terror? I think the rest of the world might take offense with that. And remind me again why we're fighting the "war on terror" in Iraq, what with that crazy 9-11 commission report and all?

Pot, meet my good friend Kettle.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Brief rundown

Spa day = awesome
Skin and nails = great
Lauren's baby = born (they actually sent this text message out)
Baby = Jacob Seiple, 2pm March 1st, 6lb 6oz (two weeks early)
Bathroom = progressing
Weight = below 130 for the first time since college
Award = Tuesday
Current class grade = 97.5%
Courtney = happy

Married with Children

No, not TV...sociology.

Two highlights from the article:
-According to the US census, less than 1 in 4 households are occupied by married couples with children.
-The rate of first births outside of marriage for white women is about 1 in 3; the rate of first births outside of marriage for black women is about 3 out of 4.

We got a different shower head because Matt didn't like the downpour one. At least it was a two-minute job instead of a 3-day job this time.

20 days until poker, 49 days until Baton Rouge, 146 days until Outer Banks (too long!)

Friday, March 02, 2007

One for the ladies

Apparently I'm the only unusual one who doesn't change out of their work clothes when they get home.

I also can't make the ESL sign for "awkward."

+2 weirdness.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

My $2600 mouth

That's what I estimated I spent on my two root canals and two crowns in 2005 and 2006. But I went to the dentist today and no problems there, finally. w00t!

I'm watching the VT-UVA basketball game at the moment in hopes of bragging rights tomorrow...but with 5:20 left on the clock it's not looking good :-/ Forcing the 3-point shot and missing, while UVA makes most of theirs, is killing them

Two sad articles:
- For want of a dentist, a boy was lost. Things like this make me think that *something* needs to be done to our health care system. I don't know how to fix it, but it's obviously broken when a kid can't get routine checkups, or even an extraction of an abcessed tooth (which would cost what, $100-200?) and ends up running up a hospital bill of a quarter of a million dollars and still dies.
- An 82 year-old man stopped in the middle lane of the B'more Beltway, and then attempted to make a right-hand *turn* onto the Reisterstown Road exit. Enter a tractor trailer into the side of his vehicle. Throw in a second tractor trailer. Amazingly no one was injured. I think that after a certain age, they really ought to make you take the driver's test every year.