Sunday, August 31, 2008

Giant's going upscale

I bought ramen noodles today - I ate out at lunch and just wanted something simple for dinner. Well, you can't buy individual packages of ramen noodles anymore. I had to buy a six-pack. Here's the kicker: it was $1.50! Now buying individual packages of ramen used to be 10-15 cents each. At the multi-pack price, it ends up being 25 cents each. PLUS there's more packaging, since they shrinkwrap the six packages together. So let's summarize: more expensive, less convenient, and bad for the environment. I'm disappointed, Giant, and your coupon for free cookies won't assuage my feelings.

My nerddom is complete

Came in the mail yesterday, hehehe:

Darn you, Glennon

Not only did you kill the season opener, but that cost me 8 points :-(

Regardless of the outcome of the last game (Washington @ Oregon) I'll come in second for week 1 of CPE. But if Oregon wins (and they're up 21-10 right now) I'll be in 2nd place by 1 point instead of 4.

Had a pretty decent day otherwise - volunteered, met Leslie for lunch at the tapas restaurant I posted a few days ago, went to work for a few hours, went to Old Navy (and got this dress, except in navy blue). My license plates came in the mail today too! Except that means *I* have to go out and put them on the car since M's out of town.

Gonna go read or something now. Church and chillin' tomorrow (and probably getting ice cream), and taking Monday off (and sleeping in, and going to some sort of cookout).

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Just when you thought you've seen it all

Barenaked Ladies came out with a children's album.

Sample lyric: "Raisins come from grapes / People come from apes / I come from Canada"

Ooooh man. This almost makes me wish I had kids so I could buy it. Ryan, do NOT miss out on this opportunity to introduce your child to the best Canadia has to offer!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Nerd goodness

1. How did pandas get it so easy? A Japanese zoo has the first video recording of a panda giving birth. The panda sits down, and the pandette just kind of goes "bloop" out onto the floor. In terms of comparative sizes, I think I've seen bigger poops. "Giant" panda my foot. Feisty little guy (gal?) though.

2. Astrobiology rap - your daily science dose of the day.

3. I think I made up the word "pandette."

4. Not nerd, but who in the world ever says "I want to get creative with salad tonight?" Damn you Sargento, with your contrived phone conversations and your crazy salad mix-ins.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Something that makes me mad

The vaccine "controversy" always seems to be in the news. People always have arguments for and against vaccination, but the one that always seems to crop up the most is the justification: "If your kid is vaccinated then how can my unvaccinated kid be a threat to yours?" Usually in caps, with misspelling and extraneous punctuation.

The answer, which seems so obvious to me but somehow entirely escapes the people that claim to have done tons of so-called "research," is mutation. Vaccines are developed against a strain or strains of microorganism. Microorganisms require a host to replicate (and in doing so, potentially mutate). If vaccination rates are 100%, then there is never a host in which a microorganism can replicate and mutate. If the vaccination rate drops to say, 90%, then the other 10% of the population becomes potential hosts for a microorganism that can then potentially mutate into a form that is no longer susceptible to the antibodies produced by the vaccine in the other 90%. And that's a recipe for an epidemic.

Vaccinate your kids, or don't. But at least stop pretending that the only life you're risking is your own child's.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Recent randoms

Meeting: Not as bad as I had feared, but no where near as good as I had hoped. I still have a lot of work to do :-/ Trying not to feel depressed about it, but so far it's only partly working.

Draft: Got Brady for our QB. Screwed up our backup QB twice, now have Delhomme. Got a good WR who is on the verge of needing shoulder surgery. Got some good RBs. We'll see what happens.

Two weekends ago: Super happy fun. Played doubles tennis, went to the M5/CC concert, went to Body Worlds and out to dinner. Matt summed it up pretty well here.

Last weekend: Took two naps. Had lunch with a couple from church. Finished Dance of Death and started Book of the Dead.

This weekend: Matt's out of town. I have to work. And I'm finally trying out that tapas restaurant in DC, either by myself or with Matt's aunt. Hokie football kicks off, but I'll have to DVR it.

Next weekend: Heading to NJ for my cousin's wedding. And working some more.

Music: I bought a couple new albums off of PayPlay since I have some birthday money kicking around. I had at least one song off of each already, mostly through their karma system (I've bought so much music I have like 85 karma points racked up). I ended up with "Red Light Fever" by Jackson Rohm, "Away From Here" by The Retrofits, and "On My Own Two Feet" by Granian. I also karma'ed a live track of "Contagious" and a new Jackson Rohm song, "The Old Me."

Words I hate: babymoon; staycation

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

One more

Apparently I have nothing to worry about.


I called Rite Aid as I was leaving work, and they said they couldn't find my photo, and that I should resend it and then call them. Ten minutes before I get home, Matt calls and says that Rite Aid called saying that my photo was ready for pickup. Whatever. At least I have it now:

Oh, and there's quite a bit of a lag on Blogger Play; I just watched for like three minutes after I uploaded that picture and I didn't see it come up.

I won't be online much this weekend, for two reasons: one, is that we're going to C&E's place and then to the Counting Crows/Maroon 5 concert after I get home from RFBD tomorrow and then we're going to Baltimore to see Body Worlds after church on Sunday; two, is that I left the power cord for my lappy at work :-/

I turn 27 in four days; I hopefully get my thesis go-ahead in five days?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

No Photo

I went to Rite Aid after work to pick up the photo print. They didn't have it. The guy behind the counter (who was very hard to understand) walked around holding my confirmation paper (that said 2-3 days; I had ordered on Monday night and got my "shipping" confirmation e-mail at 2:45am Tuesday morning) mumbling to himself and then pointing at a printer on the floor, telling me "it would be on that printer."

Five minutes later, he finally says "It's not here. Maybe somebody threw it out." I'm like, you're a photo center - why would anybody throw PHOTOS out. Then he starts asking me repeatedly about my memory card, although I had already explained twice that I didn't bring in a memory card, I ordered online (bringing the memory card wouldn't have done any good anyways, as their kiosk was out of order).

So now I'm trying to figure out from him what I should do - do I need to re-order my print? Why does it take three days to make an 8x10 print anyways? He says "You should call tomorrow, maybe it'll be here then."

Good grief.

Well, I'm not working on Sunday

Third time was NOT the charm.

So I saved a weekend afternoon working (actually more than an afternoon since I would have had to be here very, very late Friday as well) but if this ends up costing me my "does not need to meet again" check mark, I don't know...

Finished the frame while watching the Olympics last night and the night before. Picking up the photo print tonight, so I guess I'll have a picture up soon.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Another project

One of the things I've wanted to do for a while is frame this photo (from last year's trip to the beach):

I finally got around to getting it printed; I had previously been using Wal-mart photo center because I liked that you could upload photos online and then pick them up later, instead of having to drive there twice or wait around for an hour or use the kiosk which is way more expensive than regular photo printing. But when I stopped going to Wal-mart, I didn't have that convenience anymore. Until I found out that you can do the same thing at Rite Aid now. So I sent it in to be printed as an 8x10, and I went looking for a frame. I wanted something in a natural color, and with a flat front because I planned on gluing some of the seashells I collected from the beach on the front. I found a nice double mat (light green and cream) but the only 11x14 frame I could find was white. I picked up some acrylic paint to paint the frame to match the cream in the mat, and some glue. Turns out the mat and frame were both on sale, and I had a 40%-off coupon for one regular priced item (which ended up being the glue, ha). So I got everything I needed for the project, including the photo printing cost, for less than what the regular price of the frame was. Spiffy. I'll post a photo next week when it's done.

We have a crazy busy weekend planned. I'm (obviously) volunteering on Saturday and then we're going to C&E's place for (maybe) tennis and dinner before heading out to Nissan Pavilion. Matt got $6 lawn seat tickets to the Counting Crows/Maroon 5 show Saturday night, w00t! Sunday I'm probably going to be at work all day after church :-/ I'm really trying to finish something up before my meeting on Wednesday, and as usual the universe is NOT cooperating. Third time's the charm, right? ...right?? Sigh.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Puzzle success 2008

It is finished!

I finally got around to pulling out the card table (actually I *had* it out but had to put it away again because Matt McHugh stayed with us Friday night). There were about 50 pieces or so left from our work at the beach - I tried to finish it the last night we were there, but it was down to just me working on it at like 1:45am so I decided to call it a night. Still deciding on a mat and frame color - I'm thinking a wood frame and either a light green or reddish mat, to pick out some of the colors in the puzzle? We'll have to go to Michaels and see.

We went to the Germantown rec. area this afternoon after I got back from RFBD and played their incredibly difficult putt putt course (I love that it's only $4.50 per person!) It's a par 42, and we got a 65 and a 68 (Matt won). Then we walked one of the paved trail loops afterwards. Matt took a nap when we got home, and after I had put in a load of laundry I decided today was the day I was going to finish the puzzle!

We've already been talking about the puzzle options for next year - perhaps one of Monet's "Waterlilies," perhaps another Van Gogh; Matt suggested Salvadore Dali's "Persistance of Memory." All very good choices, in my opinion.

I've been watching MHD tonight. I'm pleased to report that Paul McCartney still has it; I'm disappointed to report that Pete Townshend does not.

Thursday, August 07, 2008


I've been making s'mores on our stovetop - you can actually toast a marshmallow pretty well over a coil burner. Yum. I also think I want the Life is Good s'more t-shirt. I saw it at a store down in Nags Head, but I had already bought a shirt that day so I didn't get it. I found it online, so I might get it with upcoming birthday money. We'll see.

Matt McHugh is coming up tomorrow again. We were supposed to be going to birthday stuff with (my) Matt's fam on Saturday, but I knew it was too good to be true when they made plans to do birthday stuff two weeks in advance. Ha!

Apparently the FDA has a legal definition of "fruit cocktail"? If it doesn't contain peaches, pears, grapes, pineapple and cherries within certain percentages, it can't be called fruit cocktail. Thanks, Food Network!

I'm wondering if I should change my Facebook info to say Johns Hopkins '09?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Inching towards 1000

This is post #878. At the rate I blog (on average, ~ 1 post per 1.5 days) I should hit the big 1K around February 5, 2009. Let's see if I make it.

Other Countdowns!

27th Birthday = 13 days (We're going to BodyWorlds the weekend before after before!)
Thesis Committee Meeting = 14 days
Billy and Alicia's Wedding = 31 days
Graduation (?) = 298 days
OBX '09 = 353 days, and we're staying HERE. w00t!

Joy and Jeff came by tonight! We got pizza and played Blokus.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

What I did on my summer vacation

made a sandcastle * boogie boarded * walked on the beach * looked for seashells * found a piece of coral * found the padding from someone's bikini top * laughed at sand pipers * fed seagulls * lost the camera * found the camera * lost yahtzee about five times * won a game of settlers of catan * played many games of munchkin * played many games of five crowns * took a nap * played beach volleyball in the dark * won one game of blokus * finished 95% of a 1000-piece puzzle * played dr. mario * ate a corn dog at captain frank's * picked crabs * grilled steaks * got carolina barbeque at sooey's * listened to matt rock out on karaoke * got about two dozen mosquito bites * got a massage and a pedicure * tossed a football * tossed a frisbee * stargazed * saw a satellite * saw a meteorite * played putt putt * ran into matt's aunt and uncle outside of putt putt * got DQ ice cream * got frozen custard * shopped * saw a woman drinking a forty in a grocery store * created a drink * made fun of randi's attempt at creating a drink * drank margaritas and pina coladas * got a cactus in my hand * made s'mores * bought a new purse * bought t-shirts for me and matt * played rock band * laughed at people * glared at bad parents * got fried fish at slammin' sammys * saw wall-e * ate lunch on the beach * ate dinner on the deck * got brownie cheesecake at the froggy dog * attempted to take pictures of lightning * stayed up really late * slept in late * watched v for vendetta * played hilarious games of apples to apples and loaded questions * watched all the episodes of dr. horrible's sing-along blog and planet unicorn * got a second-hand campfire