Friday, August 31, 2007

MAX

All the doors in our condo have an inch or go gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. This can make for some humorous moments, like when one cat is on one side of the door and one is on the other, and they start batting at each other. Or like last night.

Max has a couple of little stuffed mice that he likes playing with. Especially on the kitchen floor, because they slide around better. We'll often find them in the laundry room, or pantry, or coat closet because he's hit them under the door. Last night, he got a little too excited chasing it across the floor; as he was running after it, it slid under the door and he couldn't stop in time. Crash - headfirst into the laundry room door.

After we had finally stopped laughing, I said "This is why we have cats and not kids - it would be cruel to laugh at a child."

It gets better

Not only does my departmental administrator not know what the $57.50 in charges are, but *they don't even show up in her system* - how thoughtful of them.

I'm currently attempting to get a temporary registration so I can at least log in to the course until this is resolved.

Running total: 3 days, 29 e-mails, 3 phone calls.

Update (3pm): We're up to 31 e-mails and 5 phone calls. More fun on Tuesday, I suppose.

WHY is this saga STILL continuing

Okay, so the Medical/Dental charges were paid. End of story, right? WRONG.

Apparently there is still a total of $57.50 from two "Medical Health Insurance Adjustments." I have no idea what they are. But the business office proves once again that they are a bastion of inefficiency by not giving the account balance to my department admin when they called her yesterday (and were rude to her as well).

I was tempted to go to the business office myself with $57.50 in sacks of pennies and start throwing them at people.

So. NOW, this charge will get paid today. It posts on TUESDAY. If I don't get registered on Tuesday, then I don't know what happens.

*insert sixteen swear words here*

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Current pet peeve

People who use turn signals in parking garages.

No, you don't need to put that left turn signal on to let me know you're turning left. I figured it was a pretty safe bet since going right or straight would put you into a concrete wall.

Saga continues

So my tuition has been taken care of. But now I'm waiting on my medical/dental. It was paid today, but of course it won't post until tomorrow. I find it absolutely absurd that in this day and age an online payment made within the institution doesn't show up almost immediately, or at least within a few hours. When I make a financial transaction with my bank, it's listed in my account pretty quickly. To not have something even *show up* until the next business day is ridiculously inefficient.

So, the hold should (had better!) be removed tomorrow. Will I get same-day service with the registrar? I don't know. At least the class doesn't start until Wednesday instead of Tuesday as I had previously thought.

Rawr rawr.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Wisdom from the Business Office

So, my departmental administrator handled the slip-up of the tuition payment transfer around noon. 3pm rolls around, my account is still being listed as delinquent, the financial hold is still present, thus still no registration. So I call and talk to someone at the business office. Aside from managing to find out that payments wouldn't be credited until the next business day (nothing like efficiency, it's not like I'm counting on that hold being lifted in order to do something), he also seemed to insinuate that this was somehow my fault: "If you're a student, you should have known that you had tuition charges. You're not here for free."

Actually, I AM here for free, thanks. More than free. And in the now 9 semesters that I've been enrolled, I have previously never had a reason to even *look* at my student financial account, because it's handled by my department. Not my responsibility.

He also said that it wasn't their fault that my department didn't take care of the charge in time for me to register for classes. Well, if *someone* - I don't know, maybe at the *Business Office* had mentioned the fact that the charge was overdue I probably could have taken care of this BEFORE registration. To quote Adam Sandler, that would be "information that would have been useful YESTERDAY."

So now I'm continuing to get screwed for something that is completely not my fault.

Saga continues tomorrow, I suppose. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Well, it wasn't my address

It was worse.

Apparently there was a *financial* hold on my account. Because my fall tuition transfer hadn't been processed yet.

Oh, and my account was "delinquent." To the tune of over $18,000.

Now, I never worried that the financial portion of this mess would affect me. But the problem is that the whole time I've had to take care of this, I haven't been registered for my class and if it fills up before all this is processed then I am "up the creek without a paddle," as they say. At least as of noon today it was still listed as open so I'm still hoping.

The kicker? If I hadn't been trying to register for a class I never would have known about any of this. You'd think the business office would contact *somebody* about the fact that they hadn't received a very large sum of money.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Not a success yet...

So I got an e-mail from AAP registration saying that they can't process my interdivisional registration request because there is a hold on my account, and to contact my home registrar to correct it. Of course this e-mail was sent after 5pm so there's no way for me to even find out what the problem is until tomorrow. But there's no reason for there to be a hold on my account. If this is about my institutional address being incorrect (which it isn't, but for some reason a packet the registrar tried to send to me got returned to them and they made me walk all the way across campus to pick it up after I told them that the address they had on file was correct) I am going to be so mad.

There is no frustrated/aggravated face on my "I feel..." magnet. If I had any talent I'd draw one, but as it stands this is a serious oversight.

Aggravated? That totally does not look spelled right, but apparently it is.

I just have to keep reminding myself that it's worth all the hassle to not have to pay $2515 per class.

Success?

I finally got an in-stock date from the place I ordered my snowman tee shirt from - Sept. 9th. I don't really care that it's two weeks away. I just wanted to know when! So hopefully I'll get it by the end of that week.

I'm trying an experiment. I haven't been very consistent *at all* with taking vitamins, because I rarely eat breakfast in the mornings and taking a vitamin on an empty stomach makes me feel queasy. So I finally decided to bring them to work and try to take them after lunch instead. We'll see how it goes.

I'm pretty sure I didn't get registered for the first biotechnology class I tried to add this semester, as it was full by like August 9th and my registration wouldn't be processed until the 24th. But the second one I tried to add, Legal Aspects of Biotechnology, is still listed as open and I'm pretty sure that I'll be added to that one. And it's taught by the same professor that did the Tech Transfer class I took last year, who I absolutely enjoyed. I'm still checking WebCT because they hardly ever contact me to let me know if I've been registered or not (I didn't find out that I was in the Tech Transfer class last year until my registrar's office sent me my yearly transcript copy a couple of days before the class started).

Most nights it's crystal clear, but tonight it's like it's stuck between stations
- The Hold Steady

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Spending Money

Seriously, I have been on a tear this month. Between my birthday and getting paid for my research study participation, I've been spending like mad. I ended up with two gift cards, to Kohls and L'Occitane - got the Honey Comfort face mask from the latter and three shirts from the former (waiting for those to come, because they didn't have any of them in the store.) Old Navy purchases are obviously a staple of my life, and I also bought three sweaters from jcp.com, one of which I had to take back and re-order because the shipping bag said small but the tag on the sweater said large. Obviously someone didn't learn their alphabet. When I picked my order up at the catalog desk, the guy behind the register said "Sweaters? You know it's going to be 98 degrees tomorrow, right?" Luckily I didn't want to wear the one that I had to exchange. Oh, and I *finally* bought the tee shirt with the snow man on it that says "Chill." But I have no idea when I'll actually be getting it, as it's been back-ordered for several weeks. When I looked the week before my birthday, it said "Out of Stock - expected 8/15/07." When I placed the order on the 20th, I think, it still said that. Now it says "due in shortly" but who knows how long that means?

But I really need a real job, because there's still so much stuff I'd like...cocoa therapy from Origins...and pre-ordering the new PostSecret book...and a SBC or Hopkins hoodie sweatshirt...or both...stupid grad school.

Only 121 days until Christmas O:-)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Quotes

Facebook has a section in your personal profile for quotes. I was a little nonplussed at first, but I've been putting a few in as I come across things I like, and I have an interesting list going. For all my loyal readers without Facebook profiles, I thought I'd share here. The list, aside from my signature VaCo song line:

"To recap, you're currently discombobulated regarding my recent unfettered to fettered transitional state. Sort of a metaplasia for emotion." - Ted Brasky

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

"She is too fond of books, and it has addled her brain" - Louisa May Alcott

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."
- Robert Frost

"If we can hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate!" - Zapp Brannigan

"Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice." - Bill Cosby

Friday, August 24, 2007

Prizes

My lab got together a pool for tonight's Mega Millions drawing. The last announced jackpot sum was $206M. We bought 60 numbers, and I'm happy to report that we will be claiming a small portion of the prize money. $6, to be exact. Dividends of $0.50 per person. Now, I know a lot of people will be interested in being my new best friend. Contact me and I'll send you an application.

Downloading the way it was meant to be

Seriously, before the RIAA tried to make it punishable by death or something. I spent my karma points (27) on PayPlay for free tracks, and only ended up tossing two. More importantly, there's at least three albums I want to buy now...The Things I Can't Explain by Aaron Howard, On My Own Two Feet by Granian, and Away From Here by The Retrofits. THAT is the way the universe is supposed to work.

Another free track tomorrow!

Today was the first day the sun came out in 4 days.

In the theme of Liz's "children mcnuggets," I think "frat-boyardee" might be my new favorite word.

Cars

Well, just Matt's, really. I had to get up early to bring Matt back from the Chevy dealership after dropping his car off. The ABS light has been randomly coming on.

I know FORD = "Fix or Repair Daily" but I'm really a little peeved because this is the second Chevy that we've had that has had problems with the ABS. With the blazer, we paid a thousand bucks to have the ABS system fixed only for it to fail again, in a different way that wasn't covered under the repair warranty, a month later.

We're never buying another Chevy again. Sorry, dad, they just don't make them like they used to.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

New Music Store

I am absolutely in love with PayPlay.fm - it's a music store that a) sells mp3 files, b) costs $0.88 per track, c) pays artists around 2/3 of the purchase price (unlike iTunes, which pays less than 1/10) and d) has a "karma system" that gives you points for browsing/buying, which can be spent on over 64,000 free songs. I found it because I wanted to buy the Lloyd Dobler Effect song "Meet Me In London" through somewhere other than iTunes. After I bought it, I also spent one karma point to get "Better Times" by the Brooks Wood Band - found them through a "similar artists" search for VaCo. Check it out...you get 25 points just for signing up, and one point every day you log in (even without buying anything)!

I also got "That Spells DNA," "Baby Got Back," and "Code Monkey" by Jonathan Coulten (directly though his website).

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Three more whoppers from the Prez

On Monday, Bush made it more difficult for states to add children to the CHIP program (insurance for uninsured kids). Because the republicans don't care about you *after* you're born.

Today, Bush compared the war in Iraq with Korea and Vietnam, saying that they were both "...U.S. involvements in Asia that lost popular backing but eventually proved their worth and led to lasting peace." Right, we did a stellar job in Asia.

Bush also pledged a "flood of help" to Minnesotans. But I don't think anyone is laughing at his little pun.

"Don't blame me, I voted libertarian!"

Monday, August 20, 2007

Sweet Briar Success!

Pink and green for the win - The Princeton Review named Sweet Briar College #1 for "Most Beautiful Campus." Lest you think it's not true, I will repost this picture from a few years ago of the lake in October:



However, we are not only about the superficial. We were also voted #5 for "Best Career/Job Placement Services." Though I don't see why we're not number one - 92% of graduates have a job or grad school acceptance 6 months after graduation.

Other rankings were #8 for "Professors Make Themselves Accessible," #10 for Professors Get High Marks, #13 for "Class Discussions Encouraged," and inclusion on the Best Southeastern Colleges list. Yay!

You can read selections from the list on MSN and the entire collection of rankings here.

"Sweet Briar College - where you not only can do it all, but you do it while wearing a pink ribbon and pearls."

Happy birfday to me

Wait, now I'm old...

Carly took most of the pictures from the Birthday Bowling Bash on Saturday. We had 10 people in all for bowling, which was a lot of fun. We came back to our place afterwards for ice cream cake, Trivial Pursuit, and Apples to Apples - great fun. Stolen pictures:

Matt got me a pink and green ice cream cake!

Me and M at the bowling alley

Me and Amena-licious

I finally broke the curse of the nines with a spare!

Carly and Eric gave me a new puzzle to work on...

...and a card with nuns on it :-)

Matt got me tickets to see Jim Gaffigan at the Warner Theater in December, and we went out to dinner at Red Lobster Sunday night. I also bought a bath pillow, new jeans, a tee shirt and pink and green plaid pajama pants :-)

Class is over! Now I just have to finish the homework...but that doesn't require getting up at 5:30AM.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Things you might not have known...

(Reposted from Carly's LiveJournal. Hey, she started it.)

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Library assistant, KG County
2. Front desk management, Comfort Inn Dahlgren
3. Telephone survey interviewer, Princeton Data Source
4. SBC Reunion assistant

Four Movies you could watch over and over:
1. The Wedding Singer
2. The Usual Suspects
3. Mean Girls
4. Beauty and the Beast

Four Places you have lived:
1. Piscataway, New Jersey
2. Bath, Maine
3. Charleston, South Carolina
4. Savage, Maryland
(...and 5 more: 3 VA and 2 MD)

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Lobster
2. Cheesecake Factory cheesecake
3. Homemade cheese fries
4. Ben & Jerry's ice cream

Four Places I'd rather be right now:
1. Home
2. Outer Banks, NC
3. Davis, West Virginia
4. Cancer Camp!

Four songs you know ALL the lyrics to:
1. Barenaked Ladies - The Old Apartment
2. Virginia Coalition - Hurricane Song (This Is Me)
3. CSNY - Wasted on the Way
4. John Mayer - Why Georgia

Nicole beat me by one point!


I am nerdier than 79% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!


But to be fair, she's practically graduated and I am totally clueless as to when I'll actually make it out of here.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Sometimes the truth hurts

Marcellus, while tossing a fashion victim's hideous orange dress on How Do I Look: "How do you have two children with this dress?? This does not say sexy! This does not inspire baby making!!"

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Yeeee-haw....link round-up

Our Lives, Controlled From Someone's Couch - I didn't really understand the reasoning behind this theory. Basically there's a 20% chance that we're all virtual people being controlled by some computer program, a la Second Life?

10 Things You Didn't Know About Karl Rove - I didn't know most of these. Like how Karl Rove doesn't have a college degree. 'Splains a lot, eh?

New passport regulations have netted over $22M in back child support - Because they won't process your application until the debt is paid. Quoted: "...it's been amazing to see how people who owe back child support seem to be able to come up with good chunks of money when it involves needing their passport..."

August: Let's get rid of it - Awwww :-( The author says that nothing good ever happens in August, and there's no holidays. That's just because I'm not famous yet. Patience, people.

Martin Klimas - Still-life photography of objects mid-destruction.

Free crabs tonight. 6 more hours of class left. Getting my brain magnetized on Thursday. Party on Saturday (and Sunday?)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sing it, Vince

Saw this in the pre-previews at the movies today:



We saw The Bourne Ultimatum, which was very very good. Went to Charlottesville yesterday (got back a little after 10pm). Mom was discharged today, as she's doing much better. That's pretty much all I have the energy to type for now.

Someone remind me again why I signed up for a class that requires me to get up at 5:30AM?

Friday, August 10, 2007

Funny Pictures

First is today's Toothpaste for Dinner comic. Second is a screengrab from a MSN article on tips for parents to overcome "McBranding" when teaching their kids to eat healthy.


Thursday, August 09, 2007

My crazy family

Mother's day 2007
(I think my sister was taking the picture)

Speaking of mothers, apparently mine has the courtesy to wait to have a cardiac arrhythmia until she's already at a hospital. My mom is so nice like that. In all seriousness though, she'll be having a catheter ablation procedure tomorrow at UVA medical center because they weren't able to stabilize her heartbeat through medication or defibrillation. She'll most likely be fine after the surgery, and I'll most likely be making a trip to either Charlottesville or home on Saturday.

It's always something, isn't it?

(PS - looking at this picture...my goodness, I am so much *whiter* compared to the rest of my family)

Apparantly there is a field called neuroeconomics?

I just read an article called "The psychology of sub-prime mortgages." It's about a research study using fMRI (which, incidentally, is what I had done two weeks ago) that looked at areas of the brain while subjects were asked to contemplate and choose between receiving a small amazon.com gift certificate immediately or a larger gift certificate in four weeks. They found that different areas of the brain were activated depending on the decision. For the immediate reward, the midbrain dopamine system responsible for emotional thought was activated, while the distant reward activated the prefrontal cortex responsible for rational thought. Apparently there is an evolutionary advantage for the midbrain to "win" when making these types of decisions. The article combines this with the idea of "temporal discounting," where we tend to overvalue things that are very near in time and undervalue things that are further away in time, to postulate that there are specific neural patterns that "cause" people to make decisions like taking on a 2/28 mortgage, where the rate is fixed very low for the first two years and then is variably higher for the rest of the mortgage term - because the immediate reward (house) is overvalued and the later risk (very high payments) is undervalued. Pretty interesting. But I'd still choose the bigger gift certificate later, and pass on the 2/28 mortgage...I guess I wouldn't have made a very good cavewoman. Besides the fact that if a saber tooth tiger was creeping up on me I probably wouldn't see it until it was 6 inches away.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Early birthday present

It's very hard for me to pass up an Old Navy sale. Sometimes I can do it, but Stuff-n-Save, it's practically impossible. 20% off!!! Aaaaand I had a $10 gift certificate. So I ordered my birthday present early (like last year). And since I like talking about my clothes almost as much as I like ordering them, I got: a chocolate corduroy miniskirt, dark jeans, gray dress bermudas, a gray long sleeved hoodie tee, pink and navy regular long sleeved tees, a purple hooded sweater, white and navy ribbed tanks and a light blue button down shirt.

I'm mad at paninis.

I'm a stuuudent again

Being back at work is a bit discombobulating at the moment...I think it'll take a day or two to adjust.

Up at 5:30am today, ugh. Class from 8-12. I think it'll be interesting, although today was mostly just a review from Grad Pharm. Still helpful though, as I don't really use PK/PD equations on any kind of a regular basis.

I got into another MRI research study! This one pays $60 for three hours total. I'll have another regular MRI next Monday, and then the following Thursday I'll be doing TMS, which stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation...basically they apply a small magnetic pulse to an area of your brain while you're doing various tasks on a computer. Sounds a little weird, but pretty neat too.

Mostly just working on cells this week to get stuff ready for our serendipitous paper experiments. It'll be nice to have another publication...even though my last one was 2006 it was published in January, and I had actually written it in like Sept. '05 so it's really been almost two years.

I don't think I got the AWIS award. I'm still waiting to hear about my online class (24th).

Oh, and we're going to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving. So if anyone has suggestions for things to do in the Albany/Western Mass. area, let me know.

I miss the beach :-(

Saturday, August 04, 2007

We're home :-(

Vacation always goes way too fast. I can't wait until we can afford to take two-week vacations (in terms of both time and money). Other than the drive home, it was awesome. I'll get the drive out of the way first. We had lunch in Nags Head and left around 1-ish. As we're coming north into VA, the traffic information sign is flashing its lights. The AM radio report said that the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel out of Norfolk is completely closed, and that the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel has a 3-5 mile backup. Going west seemed like a less than perfect idea, because we would have had to go south to get to 95 and go back north. So looking at the (minimal) map, we decided to take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel up to the Delmarva peninsula and pick up Rt. 50 outside of Salisbury.

So we get on Rt. 13 and it's a couple miles to the Bay Bridge Tunnel. As we're coming up to the toll booth, it turns out that there are two things that are not advertised *before* the toll. One is that EZ-Pass is NOT accepted at the toll lanes (I thought it was accepted everywhere on the east coast). The second is that the toll is TWELVE DOLLARS. This is pretty much akin to the Ritz Carlton not taking credit cards. We ended up paying half the toll in quarters.

Ultimately it ended up taking an hour longer to get home, mostly because Rt. 13 was all 35mph and stoplights through a bunch of little towns, and the Bay Bridge into Annapolis was two way traffic and totally backed up going west-bound, even though the east-bound lane had hardly any traffic in it.

Okay, that's done. Now on to the good stuff, and the pictures! Lots of pictures.

We went to the beach on Sunday afternoon, swam a little, put the kite up in the air, and played bocce. Carly and Eric won, but we put up a good fight I thought.

(you can't tell from the picture, but I really am flying a kite...)



(apparently my hubby can juggle?!)

They cooked dinner on Sunday night (tacos and baked potatoes) and we played Scotland Yard, which turned out to be a pretty cool game. Carly and I both took a turn as Mr. X and we both won. Carly managed to get out of a crazy tight spot for the win (that's her in the middle of the three of us closing in):


Matt went to bed a little early, while Carly and Eric and I went out to the hot tub for a while.

We set out on Monday to find an ABC store to get Malibu for the pina coladas. We ended up driving all the way to freaking Nags Head, where we had to stop two places to ask where the store was because we couldn't find anything closer. It turns out there was an ABC store in Buxton, and this is why we couldn't find it:


We also got boogie boards while we were in Nags Head, and Carly went to the Brew Thru to get a t-shirt. By the time we got back, it was practically dinner time, so I made dinner while Carly went out to get straws for drinks. We put the stereo speakers on the deck and ate outside while playing Five Crowns. We made drinks and went out to the hot tub for like two hours, sitting around and talking about college. I was master of the blender.






Tuesday we tried out the boogie boards. I sucked. I got about four waves the entire time; the rest of the time I was just floating. After we showered and got dressed, we went to Hatteras Island to go to the "pirate museum" that my parents had told me about. Quotes are because there weren't any pirates! Apparently it was not a permanent exhibit. All we got were shipwreck excavations, which were alright, but not pirates. Boo. We went over to Carly's parents' house for their awesome seafood boil (shrimp, crabs, clams, corn, sausage) and then took their kayaks out onto the sound. The funny thing was that they only had one two-person kayak, so we took turns on the one-person kayak with the guys paddling and the girls balanced precariously on the front. The real two-person kayak was more funner.

(mmmm, crabs)

(mmm, Old Bay)



Mike and Randi came in late Tuesday night as well.

Wednesday was a busy day, and we didn't even fit in everything we wanted to. Carly, Randi and I went out in the morning looking for more "sports-friendly" bathing suits (read: something without ties that will not fly off in the waves) and ended up having to drive all the way to Rodanthe to find them. We drove up to Roanoke Island after lunch to see Manteo, where the "lost colony" landed in 1580-something (yeah, I was paying attention to the movie...) and walked around the area. We didn't find the lost colony, but we did find their "fort."


Afterwards, we got Carolina barbeque at Jockey's Ribs and then headed over to mini-golf. There was a HUGE wait...after we got our clubs and balls and headed outside, there was a line like 30 people deep. Carly and I tied for first at 44, but Matt beat Eric so Team Silverthorn took the win.

(Eric lines up a shot)

(in front of the pirate ship)


(mini golf makes me pensive...)

We got DQ before we drove back, put off the movie to the next day, and went out to the hot tub when we got home.

Thursday, we went to the beach again. I was a LOT better at boarding today and got a bunch of waves. It was really fun!

(my "saline-otolaryngological immersion" face)


We showered and got dressed up, and went to The Breakwater for a really nice dinner. Carly has the group shot on her camera still, but I have me+Carly and me+Matt.



I got the broiled seafood platter which was totally yummy. We went back to the house to change into something more comfortable and went to see The Simpsons Movie. It was alright. Funny, but I thought it wasn't quite as good as the show (in animation or storyline). Before the movie we did a little bit of shopping, got some gifts for our cat sitters and some more sunscreen. Apparently my Neutrogena sunscreen is awesome on land, but not so hot in the water. So since I was basically on my stomach for two hours in the ocean, I ended up with a fairly crisp outline of my bathing suit on my back. Including the whole "Coppertone baby" thing, if you know what I mean. I think Thursday night was game night...we played Imaginiff and Apples to Apples, which were both HILARIOUS and which Carly won both.

This is kind of an inside joke, but one of the most hysterical moments of the night was in response to this question:


We were perfectly divided between the Pillsbury Doughboy and Grimace, haha:


Friday we hung around the house during the day, and then Mike and Randi made us all dinner - steaks and grilled vegetables. We finally finished the puzzle before dinner, too!

(the final piece...)


(success!)

We started watching "Thank You For Smoking" but we had pretty much all seen it and were falling asleep so we ended up going to bed.

Other than the drive back, I think that's about it...other than a few more random shots that didn't fit into the story line:



(Matt demonstrates his agility in the stockades outside the mini golf place)

(I've been a baaad, bad girl...)

(23 across: "yellow bellied")

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I kept a little list of funny things that people said during the week, so here you go...they might be funny to other people too.

Matt: The rum may be talking, but the eyes are still seeing.

Matt (After I told him something was impossible): You're the one with the PhD, I'm just the guy with the rum.

Matt (to Eric): That's what marriage is all about - surgical strikes.

Matt: Wait, so it's okay to be a transvestite as long as you're married? (in response to Carly's past beach stories)

Me: Scientologists are bizarro Mormons. (I don't remember why...)

Arguing about the word for a pile of rocks:
Matt: I think it's pronounced cairnes.
Me: Whatever, this is America, it's carns.
Matt: It's America, say it in Spanish, cay-err-nes.

Carly's Dad (to Carly): Are you having an existential crisis?
Matt: No, only cavemen are allowed to have those.

Carly: I'm so confused...both doors are closed, apparently? (We were walking out of a restaurant that was *open*)

Carly (talking about a movie?): He was a real donkey, with real...
Me: Problems?

Me: Eric, you haven't said anything funny yet. (on Sunday night)

Carly: Courtney and I can go get OUR food... (I don't remember?)

Eric: What color corresponds with disappointed? (looking at mood rings in the gift shop of the "pirate" museum)

Randi: Oh look, Carly, now your car can have little Mazda babies! (Carly was parking next to another Mazda 3).

Talking about the people in the barbeque restaurant with the family reunion shirts:
Carly: If you're going to spend a lot of money on shirts, do it right.
Me: People spend a lot of money to do a lot of things wrong.
Eric: Like the war in Iraq.

During rummy:
Randi: What happens if you miscall rummy?
Matt: You get punched in the face.
Me: You get your hand chopped off.
Mike: Those are good rules.
Randi: Dummy.
Mike: You miscalled rummy!

After the Mike and Eric lost Set:
Eric: Why don't we go play something we can actually win?
Randi: What, like "chumps in the corner?"
Matt: That's the greatest game ever, only because I'm not playing.

After Randi chose albatross for the bird she would most likely be:
Eric: Umm, an albatross is tall...and you're tall...
Matt: An albatross is a harbinger of death!

Me (giving advice to Eric when deciding between two game choices): Go with your gut, that's where the rum is.

After "vibrating bed" was a choice for most important item in a vacation spot:
Carly: Why on earth would I sleep in a vibrating bed?
Eric: I'll tell you later!!

Eric was losing Imaginiff, but finally got an answer correct:
Eric (while moving his game piece): Blacky not gonna get left behind!
Carly: Didn't Bush try to implement that plan?
Randi: Bush don't like black people!

Me: Carly, are you making the guacamole?
Carly: I'm trying to, but Eric's making me eat his meat! (He had leftover ribs from dinner)