Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Last post of '09

Tomorrow I'm going to be busy sleeping in, wrapping stuff, maybe going for a run, running an errand or two...and then we're off to VA for an early dinner with M's extended fam and then going to see the lights on the mall. And the VT bowl game!

But first, two last links:

"You really have no place in this conversation" - hi-larious hijacked facebook thread.

Celebrities with and without makeup - most of them are still pretty. One quibble, is that some of the "without makeup" pictures are really just less makeup. But still. Also, I love Paris Hilton's haircut (at 8:07). Matt's so mean to me.

Happy New Year!

Year in Review 2009 edition

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before? swam 400 meters freestyle without stopping, ran 8 miles (in 1:32:03), made my own yogurt

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I did all three last year - opened Matt's IRA, exercised more (a LOT more), and read through the entire Bible. This year I want to complete a mini triathlon in under two hours, save $25,000 for our next house, floss more often, and do a better job on keeping up with the housework.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Emily (Owen) and Pam (Andrew)

4. Did anyone close to you die? My dad, and my childhood dog

5. What countries did you visit? Just the US this year

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? a new computer, a flat-top stove, and a bike

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? March 12th - first day of my first REAL job!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting a job

9. What was your biggest failure? Gaining back the same 10 pounds I lost in the first part of the year

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? shin splints from running, couple random muscle spasms - the usual

11. What was the best thing you bought? passes to the rec center gym and the base pool

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Mom

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? the V.A.

14. Where did most of your money go? we saved quite a bit of money this year in CDs, retirement accounts, regular savings, and towards our next house

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? vacation, new job, having my nomination chosen as a winner by the FLC, getting a paper accepted for publication, opening an account to save for our next house

16. What song will always remind you of 2009? Her Diamonds by Rob Thomas, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by CSNY, and anything off of the Glee soundtracks

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter (well, at least heavier)
iii. richer or poorer? richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? flossing

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? wasting time doing nothing on the computer

20. How will you be spending Christmas? went to South Carolina this year

21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve? same old same old with M's extended family in VA, hopefully drama- and flu-free this year.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009? see previous responses

23. How many one-night stands? see previous responses

24. What was your favorite TV program? CSI, Glee, Chuck

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Hour Eyes

26. What was the best book you read? I didn't read enough this year, but Duma Key was the best

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Melodime

28. What did you want and get? a shorter commute and business cards

30. What was your favorite film of this year? I can't remember actually going to the movies this year (though I know I did). But I saw Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder for the first time (twice) and thought it was awesome.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 28 - I got a free yoga class and ice cream cake at the office, and then we went to O'Donnells for dinner. Had a few people over the following weekend for more ice cream cake and games.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? a higher metabolism

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? considerably more business professional than ever before

34. What kept you sane? success on a regular basis

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Chris Colfer's a cutie...too bad he's almost 10 years younger than me.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? bank/auto/mortgage bailouts

37. Who did you miss? Eric and Emily

38. Who were the best new people you met? Donna, Kendra, Travis, Stacy

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009: You don't have to die on the battlefield to be a casualty of war.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: "All that I'm after is a life full of laughter, as long as I'm laughing with you. I'm thinking that all that still matters is love ever after, after the life we've been through, 'cause I know there's no life after you." - Daughtry, Life After You

(YIR 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Orders (out of chaos?)

<3 Christmas money!

Old Navy, natch :-) Pair of khakis, a sweater, a couple of tops and camis, cute floral scarf, undies, two work dresses to go with my suit jackets, and a green cotton dress.

I couldn't bring myself to drop 4 Bens on the 10-piece Calphalon cookware set...so i just got 10" and 12" pans with lids (which is what I really needed anyways).

I also ordered a shirt from I Can Has Cheezburger - it's Dr. Tinycat!

And finally, I'm trying to decide on a bike...but I'm heavily leaning toward this one...price is right (including free shipping), it's a hybrid, decent ratings, and it's not ugly.

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Other stuff:

- I finally watched 500 Days of Summer...I've wanted to see it since, well, summer. It was cute.

- I went to the pool today, and swam 400m straight! Plus an extra 400m after that, in 100m sets. I felt great. Then I wondered if fat makes people more buoyant and thus better swimmers. Then I didn't feel as great...

- One more workday in 2009!

- Interviewing for a potential permanent job on the 8th.

- Shopping tomorrow, running Thursday, yoga Saturday morning. We have parties on the 31st, 2nd and 3rd. Then it's back to the regular schedule.

- JibJab's year in review: Never a Year Like '09. Stay tuned for my annual YIR post coming sometime this week!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Brussel sprouts have feelings too

Suck it vegans - plants are smarter than you think.

Science is cool :-)

Update

The manager of Hour Eyes called and left a message for me. When I called him back Tuesday morning, it turns out...get this...that they had scheduled me for an appointment before the store even opened. Let me say that again. I was scheduled for a 9am appointment and the store doesn't open until 10am. A) How does your scheduling system even allow you to do that? B) How did no one notice for 10 days that there was a 9am appointment on the books? Even when I had called to reschedule from Saturday to Monday and they gave me the same 9am slot?

I did get my final prescription. The manager, incredibly, offered to order the supply of contact lenses for me. Like I'm going to sit around waiting for possibly another 31 days and possibly get expired product and make four more trips to their store to get that order.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Drool

My aunt sent me a Crate and Barrel gift card...which only covers 6% of this.

But I need new cookware. And man...Calphalon. And free shipping!

I'm so torn...

Also, "Dial M for Murder" is an extremely clever movie!

Saga continues

I got up at 7am to put my contact lenses in for my 9am follow-up appointment, so that Hour Eyes could check the lenses and give me my final prescription. I left at 8:45am to drive over (carefully). Our parking lot was a little icy, but the main roads were mostly fine.

When I got to the store, there was a sign on the door saying that due to the weather, the store was closed. Um, did anyone call me to cancel my appointment so I didn't have to get up at freaking 7am on a day that I didn't even have to work?? Of course not. (p.s. - Panera Bread next door was open, so it wasn't like the roads were treacherously impassable).

This has been the last straw. I called the store and left a message, saying the lenses are fine and to please mail my prescription because I never want to set foot in the store again. I tried to call ECCA corporate customer service, but couldn't get past their bevy of recorded messages - so I sent them an e-mail detailing the 40 days of problems I have had with their store. I doubt they'll respond. And I filed a complaint with the DC Better Business Bureau. (And I sent an e-mail to The Consumerist).

Sunday, December 20, 2009

More snow

We got like two feet of snow yesterday. Spent a couple hours digging the cars out today. We've watched like 2 1/2 seasons of 30 Rock on NetFlix streaming over the past three days. We also watched a bunch of movies, and played some games too.

Checked off the list: All immediate shopping. (We shop for M's extended family after Christmas, since we don't get together with them until New Years). All immediate wrapping, for things that M is taking to SC and my sister is taking back to VA. Two Christmas parties attended; two rescheduled for January. Church dinner and concert was great! Cards are written, stamped, and ready to be mailed tomorrow morning. Cookies are done and packed up. Peppermint bark gifts are handed out. Packages are mailed (despite having to wait in line behind a woman who took up five minutes arguing about extra postage, that amounted to 20 cents, that needed to be put on two of her Christmas cards because they got sent back to her). We didn't get to go to mom's, but we took care of the gifts at least.

I still need to put cards up on the wall, and pack - since Matt isn't driving down to SC until tomorrow. I rescheduled my eye doctor appointment for tomorrow morning, so I have to get up and go to that. But I have the rest of the day off because Ft. Detrick is closed!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Rudolphina had a good makeup artist

DEAR ABBY: With the holidays here, songs about Santa and his reindeer are filling the air. I'm writing to talk about reindeer antlers. Reindeer are unique because they are the only members of the deer family in which both genders have antlers, which are made of bone and grown annually.

In the summer and fall, you cannot identify a reindeer as a "he" or a "she" without further investigation. In late December, however, only the females still have their antlers.

During the summer months, the males use their antlers to attract females and defend their harem (anywhere from five to 15 females) from other males. When they are no longer "looking for love," the males lose their antlers. The females, on the other hand, keep theirs through the winter and into the spring, and use them to compete for food and to protect their young.

The only reindeer with antlers at Christmastime are the GIRLS, Abby. So Rudolph would have been appropriately named "Rudolphia," and the other reindeer would have been laughing and calling HER names until the glow from HER nose guided Santa's sleigh that foggy Christmas eve. -- JOYCE CAMPBELL, PH.D.

DEAR DR. CAMPBELL: Fascinating. This clearly explains why Santa doesn't get lost at Christmas. Females are never reluctant to ask for directions ... ho, ho, ho.

(Reprinted from today's Dear Abby)

(I hear it's snowing?)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Running down the list

Got gifts for mom, Daniel and Alyssa. Got gifts for M's mom, dad, and grandmother. Got gifts for M.

Made 5 batches of cookies. Made three pans of peppermint bark (yum...)

Bought Christmas cards. M wrote the Christmas letter.

Been to two Christmas parties (no prizes this year at M's office party; got a bunch of games and DVDs from the gift exchanges at C&E's last Saturday).

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Still need to: Get gifts for M's sisters. Wrap everything. Go to three more Christmas parties (tomorrow and Friday for work, Sunday for church). Go to the church dinner/concert (Friday). Write and mail cards. Bake the last batch of cookies and divvy them all up. Package up the peppermint bark. Mail packages to aunts/uncles and my grandmas. Bring gifts down to mom's and take our gifts back up here. Hang the Christmas cards on the wall. Pack (by Saturday night, since M's taking most of my luggage with him on Sunday afternoon).

Oh, and breathe. And maybe sleep a little?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I hate you, Hour Eyes

November 11th: eye exam at Hour Eyes. My prescription has changed, so they order a trial pair of contact lenses for me to try out before they write my final prescription.

December 1st: after the flurry of thanksgiving et al, I think to myself, Hey, I never got my contact lenses. I call Hour Eyes, and the person that I speak to says someone will check on it and call me back tomorrow.

December 3rd: no one has called me. I call again. The same person (I think) says that the technician will call me back tomorrow.

December 4th: no one calls. I drive over to Hour Eyes after work. I have now been waiting for the trial lenses for 23 days and my current (last) pair should have been tossed four days ago. The woman at the desk said there was a problem with the order and that only one lens came in the shipment; they've reordered the other lens on overnight delivery but since it's already Friday evening it won't get in until Monday. I say, "Fine, I'll see you on Monday" and she says "We'll call you..." Yeah, right.

December 7th: Before deciding to leave work half an hour early to drive over there, I call and ask if the lenses were there. She says that it didn't come in, there's some sort of backup at their distribution center and there's nothing she can do about it and that they'll call (yeah, right) when it comes in.

December 10th: day 30. No calls. I drive over after work, fully intending to tell them to cancel my trial lens shipment and just give me the prescription so I can take it somewhere else. I get there and after they rummage through a bunch of stuff they give me the trial lenses. The guy at the desk also says, "You were supposed to come back in for a follow up appointment..." and I want to reach across the desk and strangle him while explaining that I never got the lenses that I am supposed to wear to my follow up appointment. The guy puts me down for the follow up appointment a week from Saturday and says "Sorry for the confusion."

December 10th, 8:01pm: I get home, and while looking at the lenses think to myself, Why did they put the "right eye" sticker on the normal lens? I've always worn a toric lens in my right eye, not my left eye...and I'm pretty sure that no one's switched my eyeballs recently. I peel off the "right eye" sticker and notice the expiration date on the contact lens package - September 2009. Jigga-what??

So let's recap - I waited 30 days for trial contact lenses that I now cannot wear because one is expired and I'm 99% certain they've mislabeled anyways, and now I have to take time off of work to go over there when they open at 10am tomorrow and tell the manager that if they don't fix this IMMEDIATELY then I am going to initiate a chargeback on my credit card transaction because I paid for trial lenses and a final prescription a month ago and I have received neither.

Congratulations, Hour Eyes - you've joined the short list of companies (Wal-mart, Pep Boys, United...) that I will NEVER do business with again.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

December stuffs

Several people in my office have been out sick lately - at least two are almost positively H1N1 flu. I hope I can get the vaccine before it makes it to my end of the hallway!

Bought all the stuff for the christmas cookies - should get cracking on that on Sunday.

We just got our Netflix streaming disk for the PS3 today. We're currently watching episodes of 30 Rock. Picture quality is pretty good, though it has had to rebuffer a couple times.

Have a meeting all day tomorrow, and then our christmas party season starts tomorrow night! That means I need to do some shopping on Saturday morning...need to wrap the gift for Carly and Eric's shower, and get stuff for the gift exchange.

Unlike what the badging office told me, I did have to redo my background check even though I had just done it all in March. For some reason the questioning was much more intrusive, and I don't see why I would need to release my credit report and mental health records and such for my position (I don't have a security clearance). Joseph and I have a $5 bet on whether or not I'll have to do all of the forms a third time if I get a permanent government position.

I finally ordered replacement shades for our bedrooms! There's no slats, so hopefully there's nothing for the cats to ruin this time. Half price on amazon.com and free shipping? Yes please! Trying to decide now if I feel up to the challenge of putting in the snap-lock flooring from Ikea in the kitchen (after Matt gets to see it in real life so he can tell if it crackles when you walk on it).

Gotta get up early tomorrow, so I'm getting ready for bed.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

2009 Cookie list

I have finally made my cookie decision for this holiday season:
  • Toffee chip cookies
  • Chocolate crinkles
  • Gingerbread bars
  • M&M chocolate chip cookies
  • Cashew toffee squares
  • Chocolate eggnog swirls
I'm running out of time! Somehow there's only 15 days til I leave for Christmas? We've bought gifts for three people...

I still need to do grocery shopping, baking, cards, gift shopping and packing. I still haven't decided what to send to NJ for gifts for my relatives yet. I had an idea, but I'm thinking it's not going to "travel" well. Sigh. Our christmas party season kicks off this weekend too - Friday and Saturday night.

I'm thinking of making a Chocolate eggnog pie and a Christmas cannoli cake while in SC.

But first, I have to go make dinner.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

SMART financial goals 2010

But first, a recap of 2009's goals:

1. We did pay off all our 0% financing several months in advance of the due date.
2. Roth IRAs - we maxed mine, but only got about halfway on M's. We ended up both needing a series of repairs and other maintenance on our cars over a period of 3-4 months (tires, brakes, alignment, etc) and redirected some of what would have been his IRA contributions to pay for this.
3. All of the CDs are opened and have already started rolling over into new CDs - we're actually adding $250 to each CD as they mature. This is totally on autopilot.
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5. We paid off about 7% of my student loan balance, and also consolidated the balance at a fixed 1.75%. This on autopilot now too.
6. House DP account is open and we've already saved $4000 in it...track our progress at the bottom of the right sidebar!

Our goals for 2010 are specific (the S in SMART) but perhaps a bit less specific than last year's. We're also a bit more focused.

1. Max both Roth IRA accounts for the year - this is already built into our budget.
2. Save an additional $25K in our house DP account in 12 months - this might be a little tough depending on how/when things happen next year, but I'm gonna throw it up as a goal and try our hardest to meet it. It will definitely be our biggest challenge though.
3. Open a 401K/TSP account and contribute enough to obtain a full match - I fully expect to be done with my fellowship before the end of the next year (most people stay 1-1.5 years before moving on to permanent employment) so this is definitely a viable goal for 2010.

So there you go! What are your SMART goals for next year?

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

20,000th visit

9:28 am today - no info on location, but they're a Mac :-)

I put a little savings doohickey down at the bottom of the side bar (will update once a month) - you have to click on it to see it full size because I had to shrink it down to get it to fit on the sidebar. I also added a link to my dissertation if anyone wants to buy a copy, hahaha. I'll autograph it for free!

Had a *terrible* workout today. I just had no energy by the time I got to the gym. I barely made it to 5 miles on the bike. I guess it probably doesn't help that I hadn't biked in four weeks.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Don't read unless you want to be depressed

The end of The Worst Decade?

A picture's worth a thousand words


Or sometimes just one - YUM.

(Clockwise from top - brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes, cranberry-orange relish (small dish), turkey with giblet gravy, sausage stuffing, garlic chive mashed potatoes, green beans and almonds, crescent roll and Sister Schubert yeast roll (small plate).

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving dinner

Totally yum. I realized today that I hadn't been here for Thanksgiving dinner since 2006 - so I was very excited for the BEST dinner ever. We had turkey, stuffing and giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with almonds, corn, homemade cranberry sauce, and two kinds of rolls. In addition to the cranberry sauce, I made a chocolate ganache-drizzled pumpkin pie, a blueberry ginger pear pie, and a cranberry orange olive oil cake. And a little homemade whipped cream. Yum.

We're heading back to Maryland tomorrow night. Until then, food coma!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hanumanasana

I've dreamed twice in the past couple weeks about being able to do the yoga pose hanumanasana, aka "the monkey" - which is basically just a full split. A premonition? Ha :-) Someday perhaps, but not anytime soon!

Making another batch of yogurt - I'm using 1% milk, since that's what was in the fridge. I added a full cup of powdered milk too. It's currently in the three-hour cool down. (I thought I had posted the link before, but I didn't see it anywhere).

I swam before work this morning. I was thinking about biking after work, but I was just too lazy. I still need to go to the grocery store...and finish the laundry...

I kind of like this shirt - evolution of the lolcat.

Monday, November 23, 2009

I missed it!

I realized today that my 5-year "blogiversary" was this past Saturday (the 20th). I started this blog in 2004...wow.

I told M, and he said "Awww. Happy Blogiversary! Also, I hate the word blogiversary."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

What's your vice?

Internet vices explained.

Also, Slow-motion lightning. Very cool.

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Blacksburg was a fun weekend. There were us, another couple, and Matt McHugh's parents staying at their house and going to the game. We played Trivial Pursuit and Facts in Five (Team Silverthorn came in second in both games). I made another batch of yogurt and it turned out well (whew!). We walked around campus on Saturday before the game - tried to go to West End, but apparently everything was closed for Thanksgiving break. We ended up at a yummy calzone place instead.

The game was fun! We were way up in the nosebleed section of the south end, but it was good. Cold though, by the end. This is from earlier on in the afternoon:

Went to church and lunch on Sunday, and then drove back. We'll have to start going to games together more often than every 8 years!

Friday, November 20, 2009

20K

Wow, I just noticed at the bottom that I'm getting very close to my 20,000th visitor. I tried to do a search for when I had gotten the 10,000th visitor (who I think technically was Matt anyways) but the search function on blogger is pretty crappy and nothing immediately came up. I'll try to find it eventually.

Blacksburg tonight!

Update: Haha, it turns out I never blogged about the 10,000th visitor. I blogged about the 1000th visitor back in 2006. Oh well :-)

(I always feel like the "new" Unsolved Mysteries whenever I type an update...)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ticket update

I sent two e-mails to expedia.com customer service, trying to get the passenger name issue resolved - or at least an assurance that it wouldn't cause any problems. If the TSA had an ounce of sense* they'd clearly see that part of my middle name had gotten tacked on to the end of my first name. But with my luck, I'd get some drooling lugnut without a high school education who says "The name on your drivers license doesn't match the name on your boarding pass."

Expedia finally said I'd have to contact AirTran to confirm that it was showing correctly in the airline computers. I figured I had the luxury of time and didn't need to pick up the phone that day. So I popped an e-mail to AirTran customer service. Within 6 hours, I had gotten a response saying that they had corrected it in their computers. No questions asked. I also appreciated that they addressed me as "Ms. Silverthorn" instead of "customer." Thanks Suzie B.!

I'm out of yogurt! I did bring some into work to share; otherwise I think I would have made it to the weekend. My office was interested in a taste test after I demonstrated that it had caused me no ill effects. Luckily for me, Sarah is interested in the recipe and we're going to make a batch when I get to Blacksburg tomorrow night.

Giant sells Pirate's Booty now! I may or may not have just eaten an entire bag.

Only Oprah would announce that she's ending her show TWO YEARS before she's actually ending it.

*I heard a bit on WTOP this morning talking about people wanting to fly home with Thanksgiving dinner leftovers. They said that the TSA considers cranberry sauce, gravy, and mashed potatoes (??) to be "liquids" and therefore they have to go into checked baggage. A few sentences later, they said "cakes and pies are okay to take through security screening."

(blink blink blink)

So......cranberry sauce is an evil terrorist liquid, but if I put it between two pie crusts it somehow magically becomes safe?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ouch

Another neck muscle spasm? WTH life?

It's on the other side from last time. Because I'm all symmetrical like that.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I hate flying

It's not the flying-in-the-air part. I'm fine once I actually sit down on the plane. It's the ticket purchasing, getting to the airport, getting a boarding pass, security, etc that I hate. I haven't flown since Summer 2007 and that was a disaster (in two acts even, thanks for nothing, United.)

So, I bought a ticket for Christmas today. Matt's planning on driving down the Sunday before Christmas; I'm planning on flying down Tuesday night. We had talked about it a few days ago and I had looked at flights out of Dulles - $99 nonstop one way. I didn't get it til today though, because M had to make sure he would be able to take a work laptop with him for the first part of the week.

I look at Expedia today, and a non-stop one way flight from Dulles to Charlotte is now over $300!! The cheapest flight listed is $160 and I have to stopover in Atlanta. What the heck?? I'm sure I had been looking at Dulles last week, because I typed in the airport codes instead of the cities.

I looked at BWI, and it's a little better - $117. After making sure someone would be able to take me to the airport (thanks Laura!) I purchase the ticket. Under Passenger Name it says "please make sure the name exactly matches what is shown on the passenger's travel documents" so I put in Courtney Faith Silverthorn (there are separate boxes for first, middle, and last name, btw - this will be important in a second) since that's what's on my drivers license.

I go through a couple more screens, enter the payment info, confirm that everything looks correct, and hit "purchase." I get to the itinerary confirmation screen, and it says "Thank you for your purchase! Passenger Name: COURTNEYFAIT SILVERTHORN"

So somehow, even though I entered my middle name in a separate box, their software managed to tack several letters of it onto the end of my first name. This is clearly *not* going to match the first name on my drivers license now. Nervously looking at the Changes & Cancellations list that includes "Tickets are nontransferable and name changes are not allowed," I send an e-mail to Expedia customer service asking if this was going to cause a problem. They sent me back a form e-mail that didn't answer the question. And in trying to reply to that email, which they said to do if your issue was not resolved, the e-mail address only comes up as "travel@customercare" - I tacked on .expedia.com to the end and hoped that my RE-explanation of the issue would get through to somebody in India or wherever.

I hate flying.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Better living through microbiology

It yogued!!

I haven't tasted it yet...it's currently in the fridge chilling. I'll probably try it this afternoon. But it was totally the consistency and smell of yogurt. That is pretty cool :-)

PM Update - was totally delicious! I ate a bowlful with a couple handfuls of blueberries, some of the homemade granola, and a tiny drizzle of honey...yum. I think it needs some vanilla though. Next time I think I'll try it with lower fat milk, and double the amount of milk powder. And maybe let it "cook" for a couple more hours to get a bit more tanginess to it. I decided to let it strain over a tea towel for a while also, to thicken up a bit.

GASP...the Redskins won???

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More yum

Had a couple of tablespoons of the granola sprinkled over half a chopped apple (honey crisp, yum!) and a little bit of milk for lunch. Quite tasty. But it would have been better with yogurt! My crockpot is wrapped up in a thick blanket and hopefully incubating some yummy bacteria. Better living through microbiology? We shall see in the morning...

The play was great, the chicken soup turned out good, and Kristen's oreo cheesecake was delicious. She let me keep two slices for later in the week.

I have GOT to get to bed now!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Surprised

How in the world is there 14g of fat in a package of ramen noodles? All it is is wheat noodles and enough salt to kill a small mammal.

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Also, made the granola. Verdict = tasty. Maple, cinnamon, vanilla, nutty, crunchy, sweet. But definitely a "small dose" kind of thing. I ate a tiny bowl (about a third of a cup) with some milk, while it was still warm. Yum. It didn't stay as crunchy in milk as store-bought cereal, but I guess that's probably because it's not shellacked with high-fructose corn syrup and preservatives. I could totally see it as being a great addition to yogurt. More on that later this weekend!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Da numberz

I *finally* got my lab results back - the cholesterol wasn't as bad as I had feared. Total cholesterol was 233; LDL was 150. I remember them being 239 and 169, respectively, two years ago. And this was all done pre-oatmeal too!

My vitamin D level was way low...normal is 32-100 (arbitrary units) and mine was 22.3. Yay vitamin supplements.

Finally

So that condo in the building next to us DID finally sell - at nearly $20K below the estimated value. I'm just glad it's finally done, locked in the price and can do whatever it's going to do to hit our condo's value so we can move past it now instead of later so that we have more time to eventually recover from it.

That was a long and confusing sentence...I hope people got it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day off and other stuff

Yay government holiday! I got to sleep in until about 9:15 today, although I did have a brief moment of waking up at my usual time and thinking I was going to hit the snooze button. I went to the eye doctor, and he confirmed my google diagnosis - it's essentially a "callus" on the white of your eye. He gave me a prescription for steroid eye drops to help with the inflammation, and said that flax seed oil capsules help improve the quality of your natural tears (dry eye = irritation = more redness).

I also got new prescriptions for my contacts (had to go up in strength this time) and an updated eyeglasses prescription. While I was getting that processed, the technician said "If we have the lenses in stock we can put them in your frames in an hour." I replied "I have never been to an eyeglasses place that had my lenses in stock." He said "Well, we do carry a lot of hi-index lenses...I'll check in the back." Turns out they had one lens, but not the other - which doesn't get me glasses any faster. They ordered the other lens and it should be here around Monday.

We grabbed some lunch at Chick-fil-a when I got home. I got the grilled chicken sandwich instead of nuggets, but nothing can keep me from my waffle fries! I also had a side of fruit though. Afterward, we took the cats to the vet for their checkups. Roxie has lost over a pound and is now no longer obese, hooray!

The past few days have been fairly good - did the usual Saturday morning run-around of core + yoga and volunteering, and then we went to Sterling to have dinner with Carly and Eric at Sweetwater and hang out. Did a little shopping, played some trivial pursuit. Sunday we went to a cornfield maze with some of Matt's family (which was actually pretty fun) and then had dinner with them.

I swam yesterday, and finally got to 200m sets! I ended up doing 3 pool lengths freestroke, 1 breaststroke, 2 FS, 1 BS, 1 FS for 200m total x2. With about a 90-second rest in between, that put me at nearly 14 minutes exactly for the 400m. I did my usual extra 400m mix of free, backstroke, and kickboard as well at the end.

I have some coupons etc for CVS and I've been trying to decide which Almay eye makeup set I want to get - the Bright Eyes line or the Play Up the Blues line. (I already have the Bring Out the Blues.) I really like the look of the intense i-color set but I feel like I would get more use out of a more natural look. Choices, choices.

I got ingredients to make yogurt (those being whole milk, and plain yogurt...) I'm excited about this little experiment. And since you can't have yogurt without granola, I also got the ingredients to make Alton Brown's granola recipe. With a few changes - no raisins, and pecans instead of the almond/cashew blend. And adding a little vanilla and cinnamon, because, yum. I think that ought to get it pretty close to the maple pecan granola that Panera Bread uses in their yummy (but expensive) yogurt parfaits.

Looking forward to Saturday - my usual core + yoga and volunteering, and then making my semi-homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner. Kristen's bringing cheesecake, yum. And then the play! I also need to go to K-Mart at some point on Saturday to get stuff for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes...those have to be in by Sunday. Ack, Christmas is only 44 days away and I've done NOTHING. Time to get a cookie list together...I have a whole new office to impress with my baking madness!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Evening update 3

Okay, I'm calling it:


Over 128K runners - which puts me well in the top 15%.

NOW I'm going to bed.

Evening update 2

Oh yeah - our house down-payment account is now open!! I told M a few days ago "The stock symbol has WIN in it - how can we go wrong??" 4.2% of the way to the goal :-)

Evening update

FLDI course (day 1) was great - and I ran into a guy that was in my class year at Hopkins to boot! I had to spend about 45 minutes answering e-mails when I got home though, because I forgot to put my out-of-office message up before I left work yesterday, and I didn't think about it until I was on the metro this morning. And of course there's no free wi-fi at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. I did get there at like 7:50am though (and the class itself didn't start until 8:30am; the first 30 minutes were continental breakfast) so I'm definitely sleeping an extra 15 minutes tomorrow and waking up at 6am.

I didn't go to the CakeWrecks event...one issue was timing. I would have gotten into Bethesda at 5:45pm, and it didn't start til 7pm. The other issue was that I had eaten dessert (a delicious chocolate mousse) at lunch and didn't want to be tempted by more sweets (the event had free cake).

I just conducted a banking transaction by chat. We finally have a full 6-month CD ladder at Ally Bank, and our first CD is going to mature in a couple days. I wanted to roll it over and add more money to it, but I couldn't find the CD account number in the "transfer money to account" list. I clicked on the website's "Contact us" button, and one of the options was "Chat with a customer service representative." So I decided to try it, and 'Joshua' set up the transfer for me in about three minutes. Great experience! I'd highly recommend them - they have great rates too.

Getting Chinese food in a bit (M's on his way home now).

Going to see "Arsenic and Old Lace" with Adam and Kristen next Saturday :-D

I guess I need to restart my computer so that the little box will stop popping up at me.

Not early enough

I had thought about going to bed at 10 last night, but we started watching the special on PBS of Bill Cosby getting the Mark Twain Award. It was really good, but I had been led to believe there was more Bill Cosby in it. I ended up going to bed at 11:10. And I've been up for nearly half an hour now.

I'll definitely have to go to bed before 11 tonight.

Still undecided about the CakeWrecks event in Bethesda tonight. I RSVP'd for it, but we'll see.

Off to get dressed and head out to DC!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

So tie-tie

I didn't quite realize it at the time, but I had to compress a week's worth of workouts into four consecutive days because of my crazy calendar. So, I went to core/yoga on Saturday, ran on Sunday, swam 400m Monday morning before work (125m total breaststroke and two rests), and biked after work today (17 miles in 55:50 plus a 1K run in 6:57). I'm really feeling physically fatigued now!

And now I get to get up early for the next three days. I have my last Bioethics class tomorrow morning in Bethesda at 8:30am - which requires getting up at 6:30am. And then I have the two-day FDA class in DC Thursday and Friday...and I'll have to LEAVE the house at 6:45am to catch the metro (thus requiring me to get up at 5:45am).

I'm going to need to go to bed early the next couple days. Soooo...gonna go take a shower and get to bed!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Low fat

According to dietary guidelines for my age and weight, I should be eating about 35 grams of fat a day (and only about 10 grams of saturated fat). Maybe I'll just try keeping track of that instead of calories and see how I do. I'm supposed to have my cholesterol rechecked in three months. I was also told that I should be exercising 40 minutes a day, but over the course of a week I already do that:
  • S = 40 minute run + 15 minute lifting
  • T = 60 minute bike + 10 minute run
  • R = 30 minute swim
  • F = 60 minute yoga
  • S = 90 minute core + yoga
I guess I could add another swim maybe. If I get a permanent position in Frederick, I'll probably also get a membership to the yoga studio because then I can go as much as I want.

What is the difference between the "fat burn" and "cardio" heart rate ranges on the exercise machines at the gym? If I'm in the cardio range (which I always am) does that mean I'm not burning much fat? That doesn't seem logical to me.

I had a headache for most of the day yesterday (started around 1pm). I went to core and yoga in the AM (and did NOT hurt my neck this time) and then to volunteering. Matt took care of my car while I was gone. I had to go over to church to set up for communion service, and by the time I got back I had to lie down for a couple hours. It didn't really go away until sometime during the night while I was asleep. Thank goodness for the extra hour of sleep, which was much enjoyed.

Core was good - but my abs don't hurt. My back was a little stiff this morning though.

Going to run at the gym, and then I need to go grocery shopping and do some cleaning and finish bible study for the week and make dinner.

UPDATE: Got to goal maintenance distance (3.75 miles) in 38:10!

Friday, October 30, 2009

It's the *magnitude* of the change

We in the government are mandated by a DHS directive to obtain more "secure" ID badges by 2011. I got mine this morning. Now, I really liked my old NIH badge photo. Someone in my office even said they thought I looked a little like Reese Witherspoon in it. Unfortunately, they couldn't reuse our old pictures for our new badges because they weren't "compatible" with the new secure process.

My ID picture has now gone from "reminds me of Reese Witherspoon" to "Walmart shoplifter mugshot."

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I really like this: Religion Flowchart. And man, do I love me some bacon. But I finally called my doctor's office about my bloodwork results (turns out they never got them from LabCorp, so they had to call and have them faxed over) and my cholesterol is still borderline high. I hope I don't have to switch religions.

My vitamin D is also a little low, which makes me like a good portion of the population and is easily remedied by an extra vitamin.

Additionally, I have a small spot in my left eye that I think is a pinguecula or a pterygium (it's not entirely clear to me what the difference is). I have an eye doctor appointment in less than two weeks (for the usual stuff too - I need new contact lenses and glasses).

Still not final??

They really should have made a rule that said you had to sync your run within X hours for it to count towards the race. It's been nearly a week and my place still isn't set. I'm currently at 16,394 out of over 128,500 runners.

Swam 850m on Tuesday. Three 150m (finally!) sets of f-f-f-b-b-f (freestyle and breaststroke). 50m backstroke, alternating 100m kickboard with 50m freestroke twice, then 50m more of backstroke.

Finally up to maintenance distance on the bike - did 17 miles yesterday in 56:58, then jogged 1K in 7:13.

Women's banquet is tonight, yoga and volunteering tomorrow.

Hokies' season is basically over.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Yes, I'm rather impatient

I giggled at "Good Night and Tough Luck" - a visual blog entry about insomnia. Not that insomnia itself is funny - I had a terrible bout of it one summer in college. But the blog entry is humorous.

Still no consensus on the race finish - it's currently sitting at an estimated 127,000+ runners and my place is 15,830th. Not shabby, but I want to know the final results!

Redskins are down 27-10 at halftime. Is anyone surprised? I didn't think so.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

10K!

I was debating not running the Nike+ Human Race yesterday, since I got out of the conference so late. I made myself do it though, and I'm glad I did.

My official time was 1:08:25 (my iPod said 1:08:33 but I think there were a few extra seconds between when I got to 10K and when I was able to end the run). I'm not exactly sure where my worldwide place is yet - this morning I was at 13,704th but now it says 14,970th 15,081st 15,334th - I guess not everyone had synced as of this morning? I still don't know exactly how many runners either - the Nike+ website is only showing total miles run (currently 787,111) so if you divide that out it's over 126,000 runners. Pretty cool. I'll put up a screenshot in a day or two once I'm confident that I'm reporting my actual place.

Conference is over; very very tired now. Have a busy week this week with the usual - classes, meetings, church stuff. Let's Dish on Tuesday, getting a flu shot on Thursday. Womens' church banquet on Friday. I plan on going to the yoga/core class again on Saturday morning, but NOT doing that particular exercise that set off my neck spasms this time. I'm finally back at volunteering at RFBD this Saturday too!

Matt got us tickets to the VT-NC State game in November, so we're going to Blacksburg to see the McHughs for another weekend. I'm hoping it's an early game so we don't end up freezing our butts off.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sucks to be a saver

I read this article yesterday about how the decisions made by the government are ruining any incentive to be a saver. It's totally true - our ING accounts are currently at 1.3% interest. It had previously peaked at 4.5% in late 2006 (and coincidentally, so did our balance several months later). Our CDs are only doing a little better, ranging 1.55-2.15% depending on when they were opened (and the earlier ones are about to start rolling over into lower rates). I didn't believe the article about money market funds until I went and looked on the Vanguard website - the year-to-date on their Prime Money Market fund is only 0.51% - and the expense ratio is 0.28%! What's a saver to do? :-(

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Not even "Cheez"

You wouldn't think that cheddar-flavored cheerios would be good. You would be wrong.

Still have a stiff neck from Saturday, bleh. No plans for working out this week, though I do still intend to run the Nike+ 10K on Saturday after I get home from the conference.

Spent my allowance this month turning a 25% off sale at ON into a personal 49% off sale (had $40 in rewards dollars saved up). And pre-ordering the new Stephen King book, Under the Dome. Comes out November 10th, which more or less happens to coincide with my life getting less hectic (free weekends and no classes!) Maybe I'll actually get some more cross stitching done next month too.

Ugh, gotta get up early tomorrow. Three more class sessions for this, and two more for TTC university. Then I have the FDLI 2-day course in early November, and that might be it for a while.

Dinner this weekend with Adam and Kristen (Olive Garden) and in two weekends with Carly and Eric (Sweetwater).

We're opening our house down-payment account in 13 days!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

No run

Even if my neck wasn't still limiting my range of motion to 45 degrees on either side, there's a 50% chance of rain by 4pm. Lame-o.

Not mine

Haikus are easy.
But sometimes they don’t make sense.
Refrigerator.

Why yes, I AM posting at 3:30 in the morning. I woke up from rolling over and re-straining the muscle in my neck that I strained earlier today at yoga, and after laying in bed for a little while I also realized that my stomach was hurting from the naproxen I had taken earlier tonight. So I decided to heat up a mug of milk. And then I didn't want to sit here in the dark, so here I am.

Preeeeetty sure I'm not going to run today.

Chili party was good, other than the Hokies losing. Oh well.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday!

Unfortunately M is having a terrible weekend. Mine has been better, if only because he said "Well ONE of us is going to have a good weekend!" and then proceeded to clean the house while I was at yoga. Love you babe :-)

Went to the core class and then flow 2/3 yoga - very nice! And hard. I don't know how I'm going to feel tomorrow...I'm supposed to run (3.6 miles) but between my projected soreness and the weather and the college fair tomorrow, it might get shelved. We'll see tomorrow.

Got the chili simmering on the stove in my ginormous-est pot. Hokie football in like six hours. About to start chopping apples for an apple crisp for dessert tonight. My cornbread was so dismal last year I'm pretty sure I'm not going to even try this time.

I screwed up my Let's Dish appointment by changing it on my calendar but not in real life. I had originally scheduled it for the 16th, and then found out that was the date of a concert at church. So I moved it to the 30th. Then they announced that the annual church women's banquet was going to be on the 30th, and I decided that I'd rather go to the banquet than the concert. So I moved my appointment back to the 16th in my calendar (so I could put the women's banquet on the calendar) but forgot to go online and change it on the Let's Dish website. So yesterday I'm getting ready to leave work to go to yoga, and I'm like "Hmm, I never got my 'Four Days Til Let's Dish' reminder e-mail." I checked the website, and sure enough it was still scheduled for the 30th. The slots on the 16th were all full so I couldn't move it back. I ended up moving it to the 27th instead. The End.

No chokies no chokies no chokies STOP...apple time!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Has it been a week already?

We had an awesome time in West Virginia! Took a trip to Fallingwater, went apple picking, watched football (unfortunately not VT though), got ice cream at the ice cream and gun store, made a pie, ate a pie.

Busy week!

I ran on Monday when we got back - 3.4 miles in 35:47. Not too bad since I ran outside at Bohrer Park, and I haven't run that far outside (i.e. not on a treadmill) since college lacrosse. Swam on Tuesday - still 100m laps, but only one pool length out of every 4 was breaststroke. Biked today - 16 miles in 55:15. Yoga tomorrow and Saturday...I'm finally getting a chance to try out the Yoga for your Core class!

Happy (belated) birthday to M! We went out to Bonefish Grill for dinner on Tuesday night. Had bacon-wrapped scallops, a house salad, crabcakes and steamed broccoli. And creme brulee. That's the secret to a happy marriage - share everything except dessert.

I did a college fair in Hagerstown on Wednesday after work, and have another one on Sunday afternoon. I missed doing them last year!

Going to Let's Dish after yoga tomorrow, and then coming home and chopping everything for the chili (and browning the meat/vegetables) so that I can just throw everything in the pot on Saturday. Thinking about throwing together some apple crisp for dessert too.

Why do senior citizens think they're entitled to COLAs when there's been no inflation? (link) Annoying. (PS - if Obama's gonna send all of them a check for $250, I want to be able to contribute an extra $250 to my Roth IRA. Those limits are tied to inflation too.)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Workouts and events

Biked 15 miles in 52:38 on level 7 (90+ rpm) on Tuesday (followed by a 0.6mi run). Swam today - two sets of 100m alternating 25m freestyle and breast stroke; one set of 150m with 50m free followed by 25m breast stroke; one set of 50m free. Total for my 400m was about 13 minutes (with three rests). I then did a lap (50m) of backstroke, two 100m kickboard sets alternated with 50m freestyle sets, and then one more lap of backstroke. Total distance = 800m!

Going to WV for the long weekend tomorrow. We're planning on heading up to Falling Water on Saturday, and going apple picking on Sunday (with a subsequent pie). Looks like the rain should clear up by Saturday morning and stay nice for the rest of our visit...chilly though, so I'll have to pack sweaters! Speaking of which...I gotta pack!

Matt's b-day on Tuesday (going to Bonefish Grill again). Got him his own iPod Touch; yes I already gave it to him :-P Oh, and accessories for the Nike+ system. College Fair on Wednesday. Chili and Football party next Saturday!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Back up to 5K

I actually ran 3.2 miles today, in 33:16. Not too bad. Did a bit of lifting as well. Biking on Tuesday (goal = 15 miles) and swimming on Thursday (hoping to alternate 150m sets of freestyle/breaststroke and 100m sets on the kickboard). Then we're heading off to West Virginia to see Eric and Emily! We're going to go to Falling Water while we're there...I haven't been there since middle school.

Redskins won? Amazoring.

Still have a LOT of reading left to do before Wednesday, including a 93-page clinical trial proposal for my class's mock IRB. Better get cracking on that soon. I did nearly all of the textbook reading, and have done all my bible reading/bible study homework.

I don't feel nearly as tired as yesterday. And my ankles are mostly better. We watched Se7en last night; Matt had never seen it but of course he figured out the ending long before it came about.

Gotta go get some chicken in the oven. Later taters.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

I think I got everything

Hiking - check. Smoothie - check. Hokie win - check. Nap - check. Overwhelming exhaustion - check.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Sort of slacking

In the workouts anyways this week. I didn't run on Sunday or bike on Tuesday...I've just been feeling bleh. I did swim today though. Alternated 25m of freestyle with 25m of breaststroke, and I was able to do 4 sets of 100m in 16 minutes. I then did 50m backstroke, 100m with the kickboard, and another 50m backstroke. I'd like to try 3 sets of 150m next week, and add a second set of kickboard work. I think I'm going to have to swim twice a week to get anywhere though...maybe on Monday mornings? I need a swim cap.

Sorry Jim - I also haven't lifted in like 2 1/2 weeks...hopefully Sunday.

The weather's looking better for Saturday - only a 10% chance of rain instead of 40% that I was seeing earlier this week. I'm still not positive we're going to Sugarloaf Mountain though, because the tops of my ankles randomly started hurting yesterday afternoon and they haven't felt better today. I'm hoping that it'll go away by tomorrow and we can go hiking on Saturday.

Lots of reading for class and bible study in the meantime.

Dots and Tiles - both rather addictive.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Two spiders in 24 hours

Is two too many.

Sunday night, I was doing laundry and I had the door to the laundry room open. I was about to walk through the doorway, when a spider dropped down from the door frame. To my credit, I waited until it got all the way to the floor and killed it myself instead of waking Matt up.

Monday night, I'm on my way home from bible study. As I'm pulling away from a stoplight, I notice a spider (bigger than a quarter) running across the driver side window. Again to my credit, I did not run my car off the road in a state of panic. Luckily, it turned out the spider was on the outside of the window (although it wasn't obvious until it ran onto the top of the car instead of the ceiling).

Needless to say, this has done wonders for my overall well-being.

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Oh, I went to Target today. They were sort of sold out of everything I needed except a combination lock (for the gym and pool). Like, they were out of inexpensive foam yoga blocks, but they had bamboo ones. They were out of the $3 swim caps, but they had plenty of $14 ones. You get my drift.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Prime Ministers are funny



Also, go here and tell your congresscritter that you support the HAPPY Act! H.R. 3501 (Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years) would allow up to $3,500 per year in pet care and veterinary expenses to be tax deductible and is currently in the House Ways and Means Committee.

Waaaaay too early in the A.M. for me. Gotta go get ready for work, then drive to the NIH main campus again (it took me an hour on Wednesday. Fortunately my thing today starts at 9 instead of 8:30). Full day at NIH and then off to Sweet Briar!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I'm not grown up!

25 Ways To Tell You're Grown Up

Oh, but I'm vindicated by the bonus #26, bwahahahaha. I had not just ONE, but FOUR of those on the list weren't me (6, 12, 15, and 23).

I swam today. Still struggling, but I managed to do 50m sets (instead of 25m sets) and swam the full 400m in about 25 minutes. I don't think it's the exertion so much as the breathing...I just can't get into a settled rhythm that doesn't feel like I'm gasping for breath within half a lap.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Got there!

Biked 14 miles today (the triathlon bike distance) in 49:33 - level 7, 90+ rpm.

I accidentally leveled up from 6 to 7 because I thought I had done it on 7 before. Oh well :-) Go me!

I'd like to get to 17 miles as a maintenance distance...I *think* I can do it in 60 minutes (the bike automatically moves into cool down mode at 60 minutes). Should be at that point in three more weeks!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mornin'

I stretched before bed last night, and I'm still pretty sore from hiking...for some reason even my face hurts. But I know it's killing you.

Gotta get ready for work. I didn't do the bible study assignment last night, but I did do another load of laundry. And bake cinnamon bread. And I'm attempting to recreate Starbucks oatmeal - I made "packets" of oatmeal, dried milk powder, brown sugar, chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts and pecans) and dried fruit (raisins, cherries, cranberries, and hopefully blueberries if I can find them before work at Safeway). I used half the dried cherries and cranberries, and came up with a total cost of $1.31 per packet before the blueberries. Much better than the $3 that Starbucks charges. I'll have to see if it's any good though...

UPDATE: Got the blueberries. Total of $1.70 per serving. And it was very yummy!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hiking!

We went to Great Falls after the church luncheon and spent about 2 1/2 hours hiking. We ended up doing portions of Difficult Run Trail, Ridge Trail, and River Trail. River Trail is AWESOME. It's very rocky, so there's a lot of climbing and such. We ended up going to the canal locks before we turned around and hiked back...I'm thinking it was 5-5.5 miles total? I'd like to make another trip at some point and hike the entire length of River Trail and possibly the Matildaville Trail on the way back down. The map says there's "ruins" on that trail and I'm interested in seeing what they are.

Didn't take the camera, so no pics. Saw a lizard, minnows, and a couple deer.

Went grocery shopping and did some laundry when we got home. I'm very disappointed that I couldn't find dried blueberries at the grocery store anymore...and why do they have dried fruit in FOUR different freaking places in the store?? Ridiculous. I gotta go do my bible study assignment for tomorrow now. Going to be a busy week - very much looking forward to Emily on Wednesday and SBC on Friday!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It's just like college!

(Too much to do and never enough time.)

Working 40h a week. Church/related activities 3x a week, workout 3x a week, yoga 1-2x a week, class 2x a week, volunteering 1x a week, two monthly meetings.

I haven't resorted to staying up until 3-4am. I do have homework though, for class and for bible study.

As an aside, I also just thought to myself, that I am not worried about being a sleep-deprived parent at some point in the future. I've already been accustomed to being a productive member of society on 3-5 hours of sleep for 4 years.

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Ran 3 miles today in 31:46. Hiking at Great Falls tomorrow.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Linky dinky doo

Rubik's dodecahedron - this would make me cry.

A recipe for homemade chai concentrate, in a cartoon. I want to try this!

A poignant article about a former fashion major who ended up as a quadrupal amputee after developing sepsis following a surgery. While not the main point of the article, I couldn't help but shake my head at yet another example of insurance companies' idiocy - they denied coverage for her prosthetic arms, but not her prosthetic hand. So what, is she just supposed to wear the hand on a lanyard around her neck or something?

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Yoga tonight was awesome. Volunteering tomorrow morning. I wanted to go hiking at Great Falls tomorrow, but apparently nature got vetoed by VT football. Maybe Sunday after church.

I'm going to be out of my office for half of next week (not all at once). TTC University session on Tuesday and then finishing out the day in Rockville. Morning ethics class in Bethesda on Wednesday (I got my textbook yesterday). Going to a HIV think tank meeting on Friday before heading down to SBC for Homecoming weekend!

I was NOT impressed by the season premier of The Office.

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I did bike at the hotel, but the bike was weird - I put it on the "random" setting and instead of changing every 20-30 seconds, it changed every 4 minutes. And I had to put it up to level 13 on the lower intensities to get any kind of resistance, but drop it to about level 8 on the higher intensities (because I just couldn't do that for 4 minutes). I managed 13 miles in 47:36 though...at least I got the miles logged.

I also swam at the hotel, and that was also weird. The pool was shaped like a big J - and the top half of the J was only 2 feet deep! So I tried to do some very short laps across the bottom section, and I tried to do some laps across half the length of the pool (the half that was 5 feet deep) but in either case I was turning around every 8-10 strokes. I ended swimming the full length of the pool, which was still shorter than a regular pool. It's tough to swim freestyle in 24" of water though. I have no idea how far I swam, but I did it fairly consistently for about 30 minutes. Good enough, I guess.

Plus I did yoga with Donna, which was fun :-)

Running 3 miles on Saturday (in hopes of hiking on Sunday).

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Getting ahead of myself

I thought I had run 2.6 miles last week, and I'm trying to increase my mileage by 0.2 miles/week until I get to 3.75 miles, which is the triathlon distance + 20%. So I ran 2.8 miles today (at 5.7mph). Turns out I had only run 2.2 miles last week and was only supposed to run 2.4 miles today. Oh well, it felt pretty fine so I guess I'll keep rolling with it :-) 3 miles on the schedule for next Sunday!

Going to try to get my bike and swim in while I'm in Gettysburg, and Donna's supposed to give me a private yoga lesson too :-) Regular yoga class on Friday as well.

PS - I just saw this very well-written article in response to a profile on the PraiseMoves founder. Amen, sister!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cracking up

John Hargrave (of zug.com) does it again - Will Starbucks Really Return ANYTHING?

I laughed so hard, I cried. As is not uncommon with John Hargrave's writing. My all time favorites are still Ole Olestra and All-Natural.

Yoga for fitness?

It's more than just flexibility!

Speaking of yoga, I thought this was pretty funny - PraiseMoves: The Christian ALTERNATIVE to Yoga. Except it's not really an "alternative" since they've just taken the yoga poses and changed the names (e.g. Mountain --> Standing Cross; Half Moon --> Rainbow; Plank --> Altar; Camel --> David's Harp; Downward Facing Dog --> Tent). Oh and the leader recites scripture during each pose and they have a "WWJD Meditation" at the end of the class. This smacks of all the silliness of Christian Salt.

(Either the physical aspects of yoga are separate from the spiritual aspects of Hinduism, or they're not. Changing the names of the poses doesn't change anything. I believe that the former is true, however.)

Also speaking of yoga, I'm taking a bioethics class on Wednesdays starting September 23rd and won't be able to go to lunchtime power hour until mid-November...sniff. I'm also going to miss a couple upcoming Fridays for traveling. I also realized that after next Saturday, I wont be able to go to volunteering until October 31st because I've got stuff going on every weekend between now and then.

I got my pool pass yesterday, and I think my general schedule is going to be run and weightlifting on Sundays, bike and weightlifting on Tuesdays, and swim on Thursdays, with yoga tucked in wherever I can manage. Mostly Fridays, some Wednesdays, and I might try to go to Rock Your Core that's going to be offered on Saturdays starting at the end of the month...$5 for a half hour core class and then you can stay for flow 2/3 yoga for only $10! I'd be done by 10:30 and can head straight to volunteering.

Hokies beat the snot out of Marshall, as expected. Some of the other games today...well let's just say I'm glad I'm not doing College Pick'Em!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Stuff for today

First NFL game of the "real" season! I'm not doing any online stuff this year (gasp). Eric decided to run Gridiron Challenge instead of Fantasy FB (and I don't like the salary cap format) and apparently no one is doing College Pick'Em. Oh well, more time for other stuff I suppose.

Biked 12 miles in 47:24 today (followed by a half-mile run). I'm going to get my pool pass at the Ft. Detrick gym tomorrow.

Speaking of overall fitness, I think I'd like to do Kripalu's Hike-Bike-Yoga retreat for my 30th birthday (well, in the year of my 30th birthday, since I think it's a fall program). Future hint...they have gift certificates ;-)

I think it's hilarious that Rob Miller, the guy running against heckler Jim Wilson, has raised half a million dollars in the last 24 hours. The almighty dollar speaketh!

I was asked to contribute to an office working group that deals with agreements and issues concerning human subjects research - cool! I might also take a (free) course on the ethics and regulatory aspects of human subjects research, which would be extremely helpful. I also got an e-mail saying that one of my papers (artifacts from my former life) was accepted pending minor revisions. Also cool!

Yoga tomorrow, volunteering Saturday, gym sometime over the weekend. Next two weeks are going to be extremely busy, but extremely fun!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Labor Day

Got up at 9, went to yoga at 10. My shoulders feel much better from yesterday's swim (which, I'm so glad that we went yesterday because it's currently 66 and drizzling). Swung by Panera on the way home for a bagel and yogurt parfait. Took a nap, went to the grocery store, started reading Infected by Scott Sigler - quite exciting story thus far. Getting ready to cook up some crab cakes, and we'll probably turn on the Miami-FSU game a little later.

Yay for a short week! I'm going to be in Rockville all day tomorrow for a class session in the AM and then a review meeting in the PM. Heading to the gym for a run (goal = 2.2 miles) and a bit of lifting after that. Wednesday is Let's Dish, Thursday is biking (goal = 12 miles), Friday is yoga. Then a regular weekend - volunteering, church, and a gym trip one of those days (probably a bike/run split). Then the FLC meeting is the following week - I'm really looking forward to it!

We're starting a new bible study on Monday nights (per my awesome suggestion) - Beth Moore's Living Beyond Yourself, which is focused on the "fruit of the spirit" described in Galatians 5:22-23. I'm really excited about this :-)

Only one more CD purchase to go until our ladder is complete!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Is exercise making us fat?

The answer isn't as simple as you might think: "Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin."

Meanwhile, I swam 400m today. Very, very slowly. I mostly had to stop after each pool length (16 total). I was able to do one full lap without stopping twice (lengths 9-10 and 15-16). I need to get my pool pass at Ft. Detrick and start swimming there; I'm hoping that next time I can at least do each full lap without stopping halfway. Also, although I may look ridiculous, the ear plugs and nose clip and goggles all did their job perfectly.

Going to AM yoga tomorrow (no bible study). Don't know what the rest of the day holds...

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Professional wardrobe

Slowly building a professional wardrobe...it's fun :-) I just got black and khaki blazers to match my pants from Old Navy, so now I have two twill suits. Actually three, because the khaki blazer also matches a skirt I have. I also have the gray suit that I wore to my thesis presentation. What I'd really like now, though, is a navy blue pinstriped skirt suit. I saw the right style at JCPenney and it was even a three-piece (blazer, skirt, and pants) but it was gray striped instead of navy striped. I'll keep looking.

(As a side note, I think it's awfully sexist that when I search for "navy pinstripe skirt suit" on Amazon, I get a ton of men's suits.)

Had my blood work done this morning; am hoping that the numbers (especially my cholesterol) all come back okay. Went to the early yoga class so we'd have time to get over to church for the 1st Friday get-together. We're going to a minor league game/tailgate/birthday party tomorrow afternoon, and I'll try to swim or run on Sunday. I'll either go to morning yoga or evening bible study on Monday night.

This is shaping up to be a busy two months!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nice weekend

My arm still hurt, so I ended up biking 10 miles this afternoon at the gym (level 6, 65-75 rpm, 52 minutes total). Not too shabby. Watched some football, did some laundry. Went to Old Navy and got my coat, a cute long sleeved t-shirt in Hokie colors and a pair of jeans, and then ordered a couple more things that they didn't have in-store (I can use the 20% off discount online as well as in-store).

Got a meeting tomorrow morning at NIST. Gotta go get ready for bed and stuff now!

**

I marked a couple events in my "calendar post" with asterisks. That more or less means they're "open to the public" - but please check with me before you show up! Most of my readers have been invited to one or the other anyways; if you haven't and are/will be in the area please don't be offended, just let me know and we'll chat :-)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dates of Note

I've referred to Carly's "upcoming events calendar" post on her LiveJournal quite a few times, so I thought it would probably be helpful to other people if I posted mine too :-)

9/5: Some sort of dinner event with Matt's fam for birthday celebrations
9/16-9/18: Gettysburg, PA for the Federal Laboratory Consortium Mid-Atlantic Region meeting
9/23: Dinner with Emily
9/25-9/27: SBC Homecoming and Presidential Inauguration
10/3: Hiking trip to Sugarloaf Mountain**
10/9-10/12: Visiting Eric and Emily in WVa
10/16-10/18: Mom visiting for the weekend
10/17: Chili and Football party for VT-GT game**
10/22-10/25: American Society for Nanomedicine Conference in Potomac, MD
10/24: Nike+ Human Race 10K**
10/25: Dinner with Adam and Kristen
11/5-11/6: Food and Drug Law Institute course in DC
11/7: Dinner date at Sweetwater with Carly and Eric
11/15 or 11/22: "Arsenic and Old Lace" play at the Arts Barn**
12/11: Matt's company Christmas party
12/12: Nusbaum's baby shower and Christmas party
12/23-12/27: SC for Christmas

I'm hoping for at least one other hiking trip (perhaps to Great Falls) in September or October, and I'm sure there will be other Christmas parties tossed in there as well. But that's what I've got so far! Anyone is free to claim an open weekend :-)

The game tonight was good...Keys won 5-3. I had my physical and tetanus shot yesterday, and my arm still hurts almost 48 hours later. Yoga was tough on Friday...I hope it's better by Wednesday, because Donna and I are going to the level 3 class. Weather looks okay for a swim tomorrow, but again it'll have to be dependent on my stupid arm. I did just order goggles and a nose clip from amazon.com since I'm such a water wussie. I already have ear plugs. Though I did get my ears flushed while I was at the doctor's office on Friday - she said that one of my ear canals was over half blocked, which I think explains why I couldn't get the water out when I was at the beach. I'll still use the ear plugs though. Not taking any chances!

I did decide to do the triathlon, by the way. My thinking is that if I can over-train each individual event by 20-25% (distance-wise) and can complete either the swim-bike or bike-run components in a single workout, I should be able to complete the triathlon without too much trouble. I figure on working out 3x a week through January (1 each swim, bike, run) with yoga mixed in when I can, and then 4x a week from about Feb-Jun (swim, bike, run, and a "brick" workout alternating each week).

This is kind of a weird, creepy article about Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis. Be sure to read the whole thing.

And I think it's going to be another "early" night (read: before midnight). Church tomorrow and a brief meeting after the service, then shopping at Montgomery Mall, possibly a swim in the afternoon (or maybe I'll go to the gym and bike, since it doesn't involve my arm). Bible study, gym, yoga, gym, yoga, FFF, RFBD and 3-day weekend before TTC University starts!

I got a bonus at work on Friday! :-D

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Workin' ouuuuuuut

I think that was a Pauly Shore line?

I can't believe how fast this month has gone. By the time it's over I'll have done 7 yoga classes (most of them rather vigorous), two swims (hoping to get the second one in this Sunday, weather permitting), and 5 runs. I always manage to make time for yoga, but swimming and running is harder :-)

I signed up for the Nike+ Human Race worldwide 10K on October 24th. I'll probably just run it on a treadmill after I get out of the ASNM conference that day. I am starting to seriously think about doing the Nicolay Melanoma Foundation's mini triathlon next year - if I recall correctly, it's a 400m swim, 14 mile bike ride, and 5K run. I feel like I might actually be enough of a non-couch potato that I wouldn't die if I tried. Complication would be that I don't have a bike.

Can I BUY more time in my day for sleeping? I just can't seem to go to bed at a reasonable time these days. I got home around 8pm last night after going to the gym and the grocery store. I made dinner and putzed around for a while online - did some mechanical turk hits, talked to some people on IM, read my Morning Coffee tabs and Facebook. We also watched two episodes of Planet Earth on Discovery HD. Loaded and ran the dishwasher, repacked my gym bag, took a shower and then somehow it was 1am?? Ugh. I really need 8+ hours of sleep and right now I think I'm getting about 6.5-7 :-(

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Does this make me a gamer?

Had a fun weekend! Aside from all the cleaning, bleh :-)

Daniel and Marilyn came up on Saturday; we didn't go to the baseball game because of the storms (hope we don't get rained out next weekend!) so we just hung out at the house. They cooked us dinner (steamed clams, sauteed shrimp, lemon asparagus and mushroom cous cous) and we played a game of Settlers of Catan while watching the Redskins game. I managed to pull out the win by stealing the "longest road" card from Daniel for the last two points.

We went to sunday school and church today, and then out to lunch at Red Lobster with Norm and Laura and the girls. Jim, Carly and Eric came over...with presents! Jim got me the theobromine shirt I was promised during the funemployment days. Carly and Eric gave me a gift card to Old Navy (and I think I'm going to buy this!). We got takeout and played Puerto Rico, and Jim won that game. Fun times :-)

Just finishing up some laundry and getting ready for the upcoming week. Should be pretty normal - bible study, two yoga classes, two gym trips and volunteering. Going to the Frederick Keys game on Saturday and maybe a swim on Sunday if the weather cooperates. And we're going to Montgomery Mall so I can get my ring inspected and go to the Old Navy Stuff'n'Save sale in person, so I can get my free tote bag!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Doesn't feel like the weekend yet...

I think I need more sleep. Seriously considering skipping volunteering tomorrow, not so I can sleep in but so I can finish cleaning :-/ I would have been extremely embarrassed to have anyone walk in my house this week. I did manage to get the dining room table cleared, most of the coffee table and breakfast bar, the kitchen counters and floor clean, and about 75% of the laundry done (still needs to be folded/put away). The dusting/vacuuming and bathroom are on the list for tomorrow and then we'll be ready for overnight guests Saturday and more non-overnight guests Sunday.

Worked out three days in a row - vigorous yoga classes Wednesday and Friday (oof, especially Friday) with a 2.5 mile run and lifting in between on Thursday. I really felt it while mopping the floor tonight.

Finally got another journal article sent in from my thesis work. Man, I hate making figures. I always end up redoing them like six times each.

Finally broke $200 in Mechanical Turk earnings! I've also logged a total of 91,382 steps in the pedometer trial, which is good for $16.25 thus far. Not quite halfway through the program, but I think it's safe to say I won't make it to the $75 maximum earnings.

We are tentatively going to a minor league game tomorrow night with Matt's fam. Church on Sunday and then lunch with the LaCroixs. Some of the gang over on Sunday afternoon for ice cream cake and mild debauchery.

And then it's only one more week left in August! Labor Day through the second week of November are shaping up to be very busy at work. I have "Tech Transfer University" which is required for all new TT personnel and is 8 half-to-three-quarter-day sessions. A conference in September (in Gettysburg PA) and a conference in October (in Potomac). Several important meetings, and the two-day FDLI course on drug regulation law. Whew!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Late 20s

Because 28 is no longer "mid-20s" :-) I got Godiva chocolate truffles from Matt and a new hubcap from Daniel (yes, I really wanted it!), plus stuff was waiting for me from Old Navy when I got home. And my yoga class today was free, woot! We went out to O'Donnell's for a yummy crabcake dinner.

The last picture in today's Passive Aggressive Notes made me laugh so hard, I almost fell out of my chair.

I'm approaching $200 earned from Mechanical Turk, although I did cash out $160 earlier this month for my spa trip on vacation.

AdBlock Plus gets rid of the nasty full-page ads on dictionary.com - take that Prius and Transformers!

Monday, August 17, 2009

E-mail tutorial - u needz it

So, today around 11:30 I got an e-mail solicitation from some company offering protein purification services to the NCI. I usually delete them, since I'm no longer in the lab; they're pretty rare and it's generally not worth my time to try to figure out how to "unsubscribe" - other than FDLI, I don't think I've ever gotten more than one from the same company.

Well, one person at NCI hit "Reply All" instead of "Reply" with a response asking to please take them off the mailing list. Note that this wasn't even the correct way to unsubscribe; there was an unsubscribe e-mail addy at the bottom of the message. This started the snowball rolling: a bunch of other people thought that that must be the correct way to unsubscribe from the mailing list, so they all hit "Reply All" as well to ask to be taken off the list. Note, however, that this mailing list included the ENTIRE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE.

A couple administrative people who didn't understand what was going on thought that someone had contacted them to take them off the list, and REPLIED ALL to say that people needed to contact the company directly, not them, to be unsubscribed. Then the people annoyed with seeing their e-mail inbox flooded with e-mails started to hit REPLY ALL to tell people "PLEASE DON'T HIT REPLY ALL" (oh the irony). I did appreciate the moxie of the guy who changed the e-mail subject line from "Protein purification services from {company name}" to "HEY MORONS" on his REPLY ALL. Yet the messages still kept coming, even after computer services sent out a NIH-wide e-mail saying "Please don't reply to this e-mail, you are making the problem worse." I deleted 100 messages in 3 hours before they managed to squelch it.

Someone in my office thought maybe this was a denial of service attack. I informed him of Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hurry up FiOS!

When we were in the Verizon store back in April switching over to pre-paid cellular, we commented to the sales rep that we were disappointed that FiOS wasn't available in our area. He said that Verizon had to sue MoCo to get their contract with Comcast broken, and that it would be available in Gaithersburg in November. I pulled the base package prices for our phone service from Cavalier and our Internet+Cable from Comcast: $34.95 and $150.40, respectively (the latter includes two premium movie channels and DVR rental). I'm assuming that taxes and fees would be comparable since a lot of that is set by the county/state, and thus an equivalent plan with Verizon FiOS service would run us $161.98 a month (before taxes), less a $30/month new customer discount for the first 6 months and a $5/month discount for signing up online. That means over two years we'll save over $880!!

We went to mom's yesterday for my pre-birthday celebration. She took us out to Buster's and gave me a pearl bracelet to match the necklace and earrings I got 7 years ago for my 21st birthday present, and Alyssa washed and cleaned out my car for me :-)

Should be a fairly normal week coming up - bible study on Monday, church meeting on Tuesday, yoga Wednesday (noon) and Friday (6pm), running Thursday, volunteering Saturday AM. We're going out to dinner at O'Donnell's for my birthday on Wednesday (yum crabcakes!) and Daniel's coming up for the weekend. Church Sunday AM, lunch with Norm and Laura, and then birthday party! I think we'll end up with 6-8 people over for wii, ice cream cake, and other mild mayhem. I *am* getting kind of old :-P

I'm really fairly annoyed that I've yet to receive any of my confirmation e-mails for this "paid to walk" study. I've allegedly earned $13 so far but I have no idea if I'll actually see any of it, since I!was supposed to get a) a confirmation e-mail for registering my pedometer, b) a short survey to fill out to credit my account with my recorded steps, and c) a weekly account earnings summary. I have sent them seven e-mails; so far, just a big fat load of nothing. Boo.

(UPDATE: Apparently all I have to do is blog about things and I can make them happen! Immediately after posting, I checked my hotmail and this e-mail was waiting for me: "We have had an overwhelming positive response to this project and we are currently behind processing all of the information we are receiving. Rest assured your information will be processed and you will get paid. We expect to be fully caught up in 7-10 business days." Sweet!)

(Yes, I realize this is a classic example of the post hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy.)

Can you believe it's only 4.5 months until 2010??

Saturday, August 15, 2009

If you think your job stinks...

At least be glad you're (probably) not susceptible to any of these occupational hazards. Well, Robyn might need to look out for #5, but I think everyone else I know is safe!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

That's like a house!

Kids Are Expensive - $367,000 through age 17?? That's nearly $1700/month. What are people spending that much money on? Sometimes I can think of a lot better stuff to spend $1700 on. That's about what we save a YEAR for vacation!

It isn't true yet...

But this proposed currency redesign is pretty nice: Constitutional Currency

Went to yoga earlier and then out to dinner with Eric and Emily in Bethesda. Volunteering tomorrow and hopefully a swim after church on Sunday. Not too much else going on!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Lolmercial



I like Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Brain development??

I just saw a commercial for Juicy Juice with DHA for brain development. Color me skeptical. I mean, we've somehow managed to produce smart and competent people for, oh I don't know, THOUSANDS of YEARS without this drink? And yet all the helicopter parents will freak out and think that if everyone else's kids are drinking it and theirs isn't, they'll be the only parents without a Harvard graduate. Ugh.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Beach House 2020

We, being Team Silverthorn and Team Nusbaum, decided we want to buy a beach house in 2020...only 11 years to go! I just checked the major Outer Banks realtors (Midgett, Sun, Surf or Sound, and Hatteras) and our name isn't taken. We don't necessarily have a house picked out yet, though we'd be happy enough to buy the one we stayed in this year if it became available, but it's less than 4400 days til "Surf & Turf" will be ours :-D

Back Home

I'm still awake, trying to put a dent in the mountain of laundry. We ended up getting takeout chinese again - we also got takeout the night before we left for Carly and Eric's, and when Matt suggested chinese I said "We just HAD chinese" to which he pointed out that that was over a week ago and we had eaten steaks twice in the past week for dinner. I told him to stop confounding me with his "logic."

I also gained a grand total of...8.5 pounds in July. Ugh. Combination of eating and stress and travel and lack of exercise (all I managed besides my 6 yoga classes was one walk and a few swims in the ocean). Apparently I can either eat with wanton abandon or be a couch slug, but not both. Life is unfair.

My must-have purchase for the beach next year = ear plugs. Apparently I have very weird ear canals. I got water in my left ear the first day we went into the ocean (Monday). It finally came out late Tuesday night - we were just getting out of the hot tub and it popped right as a wave was crashing, and I almost jumped out of my skin. Then I got water in it again on Wednesday. I never really felt another pop, although by Friday the squishiness was gone from my ear, even though it still didn't feel quite right. And believe me, I had tried everything by that point - rubbing alcohol, hair dryer, jumping up and down, q-tip, napping with that side facing down, putting more water in the ear, attempting to get a suction going with my palm. Very frustrating.

So we did all the "usuals" - lunch at Captain Frank's, outlet mall shopping, boogie boarding, crab picking at Carly's parents, bocce, finished the puzzle, nice dinner out, mini golf, DQ, tons of board games. I finished Duma Key and went to the day spa for a few hours. Brought some shells and sand home.

Hit up some of the stores in Nags Head on the way back home, but I couldn't find the Life is Good shirt I wanted in my size. I suppose I could try to order it online. The new Try My Nuts store in Kitty Hawk was kind of disappointing compared to the one that used to be open in Avon. It's about a third of the size of the old one, and didn't have the toffee-covered chocolate-dipped pecans than I love. I did find two totally cute things at The Cotton Gin that I wanted - pink and green polka-dot flip flops, and a cute water bottle with my initial on it. I asked Matt if he had already gotten me a birthday present; he said no. I said "Well you just got them for me." He replied "Oh...Happy Birthday!" and I said "Thank you, it's just what I wanted!"

One other thing that we totally laughed at was when we were coming out of the ABC store. A truck was pulling away blasting "Holiday" by Wheezer. I started to say "That's an appropriate song" but right when I began to form the sentence, I also saw a sign that was advertizing the "best chicken biscuits on the beach." What actually came out of my mouth was "That's an appropriate chicken." Matt looked at me as if I had grown a third arm. We both cracked up.

We got the same house for next year - same bat time, same bat cave. 51 weeks to go. Right now though, I gotta fold some laundry, get some sleep, and then think about getting my chunky trunky to the gym.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

We made it!

@ the beach. House is freaking sweet. 'nuff said.

Going to the spa tomorrow - massage, facial, pedi. Yum.

Monday, July 20, 2009

4 workdays!

And less than $4 to go on earning the spa money for my facial! I can probably knock that out tomorrow, and then get a little start on my massage. I won't be able to earn it all I don't think (well *maybe* before the credit card bill comes) but I can dip into my allowance for the rest. It's nice to only have to pay about a third (or less) of it from my regular money!

Yoga tomorrow and Friday. Nats game on Wednesday!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Three new albums

* The Clintons - Have Another
* Melodime - Memories in the Form of Sound
* Lloyd Dobler Effect - Lloyd Dobler Effect

Been listening all afternoon. Most excellent stuffs.

Looking forward to some sweet corn with dinner and a strawberry fruit bar afterwards. Church tomorrow, yoga Tuesday, Nats game Wednesday, and only 6 more days til I'll be at the beach!

(Apparently the bulleted list doesn't work on my blog? There's no bullets, just a tab indent. Weird.)

Also, I almost forgot - I totally lol'd at this: Drunk People Yoga Positions.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Goings On

Dad's obituary in yesterday's Free Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA).

In KG until Thursday. Six workdays until vacation.

I loved the headline for this article: "Senator Jeff Sessions, hypocritical racist moonbat." I read parts of it to the fam and my uncle said "If I gave you a whole Saturday, you couldn't make that up!"

Thursday, July 09, 2009

11 workdays til vacation

Or less, depending on how things go. Probably less.

I could do this all day - Infinite Stock Art Zoom. I'm pretty sure I've seen this before, and pretty sure that I haven't posted it before. But I'm too lazy to go look.

One of my manuscripts was submitted today, woot. I got a $4.85 bonus on Mechanical Turk for being one of the top task submitters in terms of accuracy for a particular task, woot.

Monday, July 06, 2009

14 workdays til vacation

Or less, depending on how things go.

Threadless t-shirts, interpreted in cake.

Too exhausted to write anything else. Shower and bedtime.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

18 workdays til vacation!

We decided to count workdays because it makes it sound smaller - plus our non-workdays are always flying by anyways.

So until the beach, I have: 6 yoga classes, 6 trips to the gym, 4 bible studies, 2 volunteer sessions, 1 trip to SC, 2 budgeting sessions (one yay, one meh), 3 birthdays, 1 baseball game, and possibly 1 trip to mom and dad's (depending on when Daniel gets home). Whew!

Eric and Emily came over to hang out last night - we got takeout from CPK and played Puerto Rico (I lost). We had lunch with them at Chili's after church, which is where we had lunch with them the very first time shortly after they started coming to our church...sniff. Emily and I both managed not to cry :-) We'll see them in August when they're in DC for a conference, and we've already marked to calendar to go to WV in October.

I have quite a bit of leftovers for upcoming meals - pesto penne from CPK, and a mini burger and southwestern eggroll from Chili's.

Think I'll go read for a bit and then maybe do some sun salutations. I wanted to swim today, but it's cloudy and only 71 degrees. I'm trying to resist the call of the nap though!

(Update: I did read, and I did resist the nap. I did not, however, do any yoga because I spent over an hour trying to help Matt with some stupid puzzle in Myst that it turns out you have to cheat to solve.)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Who broke the traffic???

Traffic incidents:
I-95 southbound - closed at rt. 212 due to a truck fire
Inner loop at rt. 50 - two (previously three) left lanes closed
Inner loop at New Hampshire - (previously) three lanes closed
I-66 - (previously) closed westbound due to a car fire

And of course the metro red line accident north of Fort Totten.
Which has caused:
New Hampshire Ave - closed in the district for medivac response
Brunswick MARC line closures due to fire and rescue response

Matt just got home - glad we just decided to go to dinner whenever instead of making a reservation.

Happy 6th anniversary, luv!