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 So very tired.

I had today off work, and I had a doctor's appointment and a dentist appointment so I had to get up early and head into downtown.  Well, Midtown really but I find that confusing in Atlanta because really they are next door to each other. So weird.  Then I ran over to the library, where I got, among other things, Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.  I was getting another book by the same author, and was sucked in by the cover.



That's Matt Bomer, isn't it?  The guy in the back?  Or just someone who really, really, really looks like him?

I also went to see Spiderman again.  I had a free pass.  It was as good the second time.  Spiderman isn't my favorite superhero, I generally find him a little whiny, but I like this iteration so far.  

Then I came home, at lunch/dinner, and cleaned up a bit.  Then I absolutely crashed out.  I fell asleep on my couch; I never do that.  I hope it doesn't throw me off tonight, as I'm driving to Asheville tomorrow to meet up with my parents and my sister for the weekend.  They decided at the weekend that they wanted to get away for a week or so and are coming out to the mountains to get away from the awful heat and dryness of the midwest right now.  

Also tomorrow, I am getting my first ever mammogram.  It's a few years early, but my doctor wants me to have a baseline on file, which makes sense.  I'm still a little nervous though.
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 Hello!  I'm still around, still reading every day, but I haven't posted for a while.  I was in New Hampshire for work for 3 weeks, then Louisville for 2, and then I came home and immediately got really sick.  So I feel like I'm only now resurfacing.

I saw Hunger Games last night and LOVED IT!  So I immediately came home and bought the soundtrack and a new t-shirt.  Online shopping is so dangerously convenient!

Other than that, I am consumed with The Big Bang Theory right now.  Yes, I know, 5 years late!  I've even had season one on DVD for a few years (thanks <user name=krazycat>) but never got around to watching it.  I've got a crush on Sheldon/Jim Parsons now, so a lot of my time is spent watching YouTube videos of him.  It's like a friendship crush - I just want to hang out with him and play ping-pong and stuff.  

Let's see... other new things.  I'm having computer woes - the screen on my personal laptop is going out, plus my home network seems screwy lately and is fixating all its problems on my work computer, because it's the one I need the most.  I think I've either had some change made to the laptop while I was in our corporate offices, or I've got some sort of conflict with the new setup I did.  Both things happened around the same time, and I'm just savvy enough to know there's a problem but not enough to know how to fix it.  
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 By the time I post this, I'll be in New Hampshire, but currently I'm up in the air, flying to Boston.  Three weeks away from home seems like an incredibly long time, which is weird because I used to be gone so much.  I have become very accustomed to my life at home: going three weeks without tennis, or my cat, or my friends, seems interminably long.  And it will be longer than that for several of those things - I probably won't get to play tennis until the end of March, unless I manage to make it to Sunday morning drills some weekend (not likely, see the word 'morning' there.)
 
But there's some plus sides to the whole thing.  I'll get to see my brother & his wife, and my best friend.  And I'm excited to learn our new product.
 
I spent most of this week trying to get everything ready to be away - doing laundry, my taxes, getting everything squared away with M's lease which was up at the end of the month.  She's signed for another 3 months, which will be through the end of May.  I will miss the extra income when she moves out, but while our interactions have been friendly and mostly positive, I won't be sad to live alone again.  But I am glad and grateful for the monetary respite that her living there has brought me.  I won't miss her cat though.  :(
 
Speaking of cats, I made the mistake of waiting until last night to deal with putting the new SoftPaws on Cinnamon.  These are caps that go over her claws so that she doesn't damage the furniture when she scratches things.  They go on with a non-toxic glue, so I have to hold her down to put them on her, then hold her still for fifteen minutes while they dry.  Predictably, she HATES them.  Whenever I put them on her, I generally get the cold shoulder for the rest of the evening.  So no kitty cuddles for me last night, when it was the last night I'd be home.  That was poor planning on my part.  She'd forgiven me by this morning though, so that was good.  I often wonder if I should just get her de-clawed - ie, would that one-time stress/pain be worse than putting her through this every 6-8 weeks?  I don't even know if it's still an option for older cats.  Guess I'll ask the vet next time.  
 
As a reward for getting everything done, I went to the movies last night.  I saw Red Tails, the movie about the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.   I liked it, but didn't love it.  The acting, I felt was very good.  The script however I felt was flawed.  I've been mulling this over since, trying to figure out if my response to it was driven by a true criticism or by the fact that the characters I felt were flat and one-dimensional were - for a very big change - my race.  I live in the South, and I try very hard to confront and dissect my own issues with race and racism since I moved here.  As the song says, 'everyone's a little bit racist,' and I know that I'm no exception to that.

I had no problem with the white characters not being central to the film.  I had no problem with white people being represented as racist.  I did have a little problem with the portrayal of the Germans as Pure Evil, but while that gave it a less-nuanced feel, it was no worse than other films I've seen.  I think perhaps the biggest problem I had with it was feeling that the movie as a whole felt a little... superficial to me.  What I mean is, I felt like we were barely introduced to some of the characters, like the scope of the whole thing was too unfocused, and therefore a little emotionally unsatisfying.  Like, they tried to make EVERY war movie in one movie.  
 
Also, the white characters were generally used to deliver large chunks of expositional information, in awkward, tell-not show ways.  While I'm pretty sure my dislike of that is because it's a crappy, lazy writing technique, I also know that there a million examples of this in reverse for people of color.  I don't know.  If anyone else has seen it, I would love to chat about it.

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How do the weekends go so quickly?

Today was a nice day - got up and met J & S for lunch, then we went to see Immortals. Their choice, not mine. It was as crap as it looks from the trailers, but hey, there were a lot of three-quarters naked men running around in short skirts so that's something. Then I did a bit of Christmas shopping and came home, then spent the rest of the evening working on my craft project. \o/

Last night while I was crafting, I was catching up on my hulu queue. Is anyone else watching American Horror Story? cut for spoilers )

Anyway, I am now all caught up on Grimm, Suburgatory, & American Horror Story. I still have two episodes of Castle to watch, and four of Once Upon a Time. And pretty much all of season 7 of Supernatural - I think I watched the first episode.
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I just had the stupidest breakfast ever.

I'm at Midway Airport in Chicago, and I wanted to get something to eat before my flight. The Bar & Grill at the food court seemed the best bet for actual breakfast, because as much as I like Chinese food, 10 am is a bit early for General Tso's chicken. So I looked over their (extremely) limited menu, and settled on the "3 Buttermilk Pancakes." When I ordered, the woman asked me if I wanted 1,2, or 3, which surprised me because the menu said 3, but I was pleased to be able to order less so I asked for 2.

Then they came out.

When I say these pancakes were the size of my head, you will think I'm exaggerating but trust me I am not. They were on a plate that was 10 inches, and they were hanging off the edge. They were about an inch thick. AND THERE WERE TWO OF THEM. No one, I mean no one, needs that much to eat in one meal. I'm pretty sure if you counted the calories it would have sustained you for the whole day.

When strangers stop to comment on your food, you have too much food.

So I'm sitting there, actually feeling humiliated (I have enough weight issues, I don't need to be seen as the piggy girl with the monster pancakes) and angry (so much waste!) I don't understand why the woman wouldn't have at least asked me if I'd had them before, and if I said no, have explained their size. What makes me even angrier is that I know they do this to be perceived as being of great value. That is why our portions are so out of control in this country; we've been trained to to value quantity over quality. And these pancakes were not good. I ate one corner of them, and then threw over 3/4's of them into the trash. Again, what a waste. Ugh.

I had planned to use my pre-boarding time to write up a post, but I didn't think it would be about that. Let's see, other things about my week:


  • I've been on a client site about an hour outside of Chicago.

  • I didn't leave the building I was in from Sunday to Wednesday, when I walked over to the building next door to watch a free movie.

  • Limitless was okay, I give it a B-. Points up for Bradley Cooper's pretty blue eyes, points down for gore.

  • This site had only buffet dining. The food is excellent but I have eaten way too much this week. Although nothing I had touches the Pancake Excess above, so I guess that's something.

  • I didn't work out at all, because I was tired and afraid I'd get dizzy on the treadmill, but mostly because I didn't want to.

  • I'm 3/4 the way through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I'll probably finish it on the ride home.

  • I had made a huge list of things to do whilst on site this week, and I got through most of them.

  • I bought $30 of coloring books off of Amazon last night. Most of them were Christmas gifts for my cousin's kids, but a couple of them were for me, not gonna lie. Go to Amazon and search for Dover Coloring Books and you'll see why.

  • I haven't been sleeping enough this week. Like last night, when I stayed up til 1:30 even though I knew I needed to wake up at 7. Once again, I fail at being sensible.



One of the things I had on my to-do list was to explore Spotify. So far my judgement is, "That's cool, but it doesn't live up to the hype." Maybe I'm missing something, but their application isn't terribly user friendly. Icons with no explanation of what they do, the sync from my iPod duplicated, it doesn't sync up smart playlists (which is 75% of what I use,) and so far as I can see, it doesn't do anything Grooveshark doesn't do, except link up to Facebook. To be fair, I haven't linked mine up to Facebook, so maybe that's where all the fun is.

It's making me feel like maybe I'm getting old, because I don't see the big deal with it or with Google+. I guess if you use a web cam a lot, G+ would be more. Right now, it's just a social network with very little of my friends on it which is just... not fun. Facebook is fun. Also, I am grumpy at Google's lack of innovation recently... Buzz=Twitter, +=Facebook, Android=iPhone. They aren't coming up with anything NEW. Except for Google Wave, which, well... that didn't work out so well.

See? I feel like I'm yelling at kids to get off my lawn. Which should be mowed when I get home, so that's a plus.

:(

Jul. 21st, 2011 01:34 am
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I did trivia with the girls tonight, which was great fun as always. The place was a bit rubbish, we are going to try a different location next time. Also, true to form, I am still upset over a question that I got right, but I feel was an incorrect question. The offender was "What British band had their US breakthrough with the album Kid A?" Now clearly, the answer is Radiohead. But OK Computer was their US breakthrough album! Kid A was the album after that, that everyone was so excited for because OK Computer was so amazing. :(


And I just got a bit spoiled for Harry Potter book 7 on Tumblr, after however many YEARS of avoiding it on the internet. :( Ah, well, not the end of the world - I'm planning to see the movie this weekend anyway.

I finally got around to watching Alice in Wonderland last night. I really liked it! Unfortunately I made the mistake of reading the book right before the movie came out, only to discover that I don't like the book. But it translates better to film, in my opinion - something that seems silly or boring on the page could be translated visually easier. Plus Johnny Depp's Scottish accent is dead sexy. Fr srs. I watched it on Netflix streaming, which I'm trying to decide what to do with my account now that they've raised the price. I mostly watch streaming, but not everything is available on streaming. So I am loath to give up the DVD option, even though I'm bad about watching them. :(

I sort of got a headstart on Cleaning Wednesday by starting the laundry last night. I was drowning in cat hair, it really couldn't wait. I really needed to sweep & vacuum, but trivia took precedence. I also took the trash out and switched Cinnamon's litter box out for the new, bigger one I got her. One of my coworkers pointed out today that I've been buying her things to make up for my guilt over leaving her alone so much this month. It's true; I got her a new scratcher too - which, omg, best thing ever, she loves it! It's this one. She's shedding overtime now though, not sure if it's the weather change to summer, or anxiety, or both. :(

I'm not really down, I just started doing the frowny face and it seemed like a theme. Just to end on a positive note.... :)
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*I've decided that when I can't think of a title, I'm just going to use whatever random lyrics are playing on my ipod at the moment. Prepare yourselves accordingly. Feel free to play 'Name that Tune' in the comments.

Friday:
I went to tennis drills, where we warmed up for ten minutes before the skies opened up. Then I spent an hour hanging out at the tennis center chatting with my team captain who works there in the summer when she's off from teaching school. Then I went out to dinner with friends, for our usual Friday night tacos.

Saturday:
I drove up to Vinings Buckhead to get my second laser hair removal. I liked the attendant better this time, I think I will request her next time. She was kinda trashy, but you could also tell she actually did something so that's a win. After running the rest of my errands, I went to see Super 8 with a friend.

OMG.

OMG, y'all. Whoever did the marketing for this movie should be fired! I was sort of on the fence about seeing it; we were originally going to go see Green Lantern but the timings didn't work out. So how this movie should have been marketed: someone drops the Goonies into the middle of a monster movie. Go. Go now! I laughed, I cried, I gasped, then I laughed some more because my friend screamed out loud in a crowded movie theater and I am a bad friend like that.

Sunday:
My partner & I kicked ASS in tennis! We won 6-0, 6-0. We were a well-oiled machine. We rock. :) And our opponents were nice, and fun, which trust me is NOT the norm. A lot of people take amateur tennis far too seriously. After I got cleaned up, I got my grocery shopping done and picked up Mexican takeout for dinner (I totes deserved guacamole!) Then I worked on my photo album from 2006 - I got through April, where I got to document my first ever face-to-face meeting with [personal profile] krazycat! ILU! Can't wait til November when we can hang out again. Why is November so far away?

Today:
TODAY WORK DID NOT SUCK. I nearly finished my installation in one day, which should give me plenty of time this week to finish up the training from last week. I know the idea of getting to do more work in the week isn't normally a positive, but I would really like to have everything wrapped up by Friday so that I can have the next two weeks (one vacation, one work conference) without old stuff hanging over my head. And then I went to tennis practice, and that also did not suck - although to be fair, it doesn't usually. It was soooooo muggy though. I was literally dripping by the end of it. Good workout though!


Today's Random Thought: My face looks thin again in the mirror. I like.
vixalicious: (I Can Fly - Amanda Palmer)
Ok, so more concert thoughts from Wednesday:
*I got to hear Gerard say 'mothafuckas' live.
*Mikey Way's bass is a sparkly, sparkly thing.

I took Wed-Fri off. Thursday I ran errands and then went to a laser hair removal appointment. I can't remember if I mentioned it on here, but I got a Groupon deal - 6 sessions for $400, normally a $2500 value. So I am giving it another go, we shall see. After that, I came home and started my major project, painting the panelling in my office. I got the deglossing treatment done on 3 of the 4 walls that night.

Friday, I went and got more deglosser and finished the fourth wall, then painted one coat of primer on the other 3 walls. It looked like crap. Like "oh my god I'm going to have to pay someone a lot of money to come fix this" levels of crap. I took a break to go play a tennis game (we won, yay!), and then came home and put a second coat of primer on the 3 walls.

Saturday started off with another game of tennis - we won again, but it took 3 sets. It really should not have, we were better players, but we couldn't quite get it together in the first set. Then I came back home and... you guessed it! Painted. By the end of the day, all four walls had 3 coats of primer on them. They looked pretty good!

Today, I slept in! After lunch, I went down and painted the trim and the door white, and then put the sample paint on the wall. I have learned that no matter how much you think the color you've picked out matches everything, it's best to try it out before you commit to purchasing a whole gallon. So far, I think it looks lovely, but I am going to live with it for at least another day to be certain.

As a reward, and to get out of the house, I went to see Thor. It was so-so. I was distracted by:

a) the guy who plays Thor sounds just like Heath Ledger
b) Loki is played by Johnny Weir's evil twin. No, really, look:Pictures or it didn't happen )
c) the completely unsubtle product placement. This movie brought to you by Southwest Airlines.
d) the lack of AC/DC. How can you make a movie about the god of Thunder, and NOT PUT THUNDERSTRUCK ON YOUR SOUNDTRACK????

And that was pretty much my weekend. OH! And another one of my plants is blooming - my mini rose! Apparently it's been all about the amount of sunlight, who knew?
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Stop casting the wrong people in movies about books that I enjoyed!

In what world should RPatz be Reese Witherspoon's love interest? I really liked Water for Elephants when I read it, and I just saw the trailer. He has one line in it and it's awful. Ugh, ugh, ugh.
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

December 24:
We spent the afternoon hanging out at Mom & Dad's, waiting on our Iowa relatives to arrive. My aunt and uncle and one of my cousins arrived in the afternoon, and then my other cousin and her husband got there around ten. We visited for a while and then my cousin and her husband came back to stay at my sister's. My cousin brought salmon catnip toys for Cinnamon, which was sweet of her and the cat really liked them.

December 25:
I celebrated Christmas with my extended family, on my father's side. We draw names, so each person gets one gift. For the last few years, we've mixed in our family Christmas with the extended family. It was nice to have it be separate this year, much less chaotic! I got a pair of earrings, nail polish, scrapbook paper, a corner design punch, and a gift card to Michaels from my cousin. I also accidentally opened the gift from my mom because it got mixed in with the other gifts - a set of silverware and a bracelet I'd admired at the art museum in Atlanta when they visited for Thanksgiving. Well done Mom on sneaking that one by!

December 26:
I drove by myself to Springfield to have lunch with one of my best friends and her son. It was nice to catch up with her, we haven't talked as much this year. Afterward, we went to Petsmart because I needed a bigger cage for Cinnamon. It was fun to watch her son get excited about all the animals. My family was driving up to do some errands, so I went shopping at TJ Maxx while I was waiting for them; I got 2 sweaters, 2 shirts, and 2 shirts for exercising. Then I met up with them and we went to the movies - The Tourist, which I liked alright but if you haven't seen it, I'd wait for the DVD. My parents went home, while my sister and I had dinner at Old Chicago with my cousin and her husband.

December 27:
We all went over to my parents for brunch - which we didn't eat til almost 1, so really it was just breakfast for lunch. Then after we went for a walk before my cousin and her husband headed back to Iowa. Then my brother and his family came down and we had our family Christmas celebration. I got several outdoor "on ice" serving dishes that I'd asked for to keep food cool at tennis, and a sweater and a pair of socks. I also got mascara, and a candle/diffuser set. But the best part of it for me is always watching people open their gifts, and everyone seemed to really enjoy their gifts. My "greats" were there too - my nephew's kids - and they have grown so much since the summer. The oldest was really sweet, she gave me a hug after opening her presents. The baby is not a baby any more, he's very much a toddler and seems to be embracing his terrible twos a few months early :) He really looks like my brother, but not the one who is his grandfather. He's all blond curls and big brown eyes. He's also stronger than he looks - he threw my mom's five pound weight across the floor. I suggested signing him up for toddler track & field.


Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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So I finally got around to setting this up (on one laptop anyway). Does anyone know if there's a way to get your icons to match up when crossposting from Dreamwidth to LJ? I've looked on the faqs, but can't seem to find anything that mentions it.

In other news, I re-watched Julie & Julia tonight - I've blogged for years, no one has wanted to publish me! :( But still, a cute movie.

ETA: Well that was stupidly easy. If the keywords match exactly, it posts. I'm a dork.
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but I'm too tired to blog. Here's the best I can muster.

Repo Men - good. Yard work gives me blisters. Tennis in the rain wore me out. My bf is lame so I spent last cleaning the fridge and watching Lost in Austen on Netflix. Stayed up too late, then couldn't sleep, then couldn't stop having bizarre Austen-esque dreams. :(
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No, I haven't given up on this. I will complete it! Even though I've spread it out over 3 months now.

Day 26: Your week, in great detail

Monday, March 1:
Woke up feeling not so great, with a bad headache. Worked all day, nothing too exciting. Then I skipped tennis practice since I was feeling not so good. I ran over to Michaels to buy paper for my photo album, and then went grocery shopping. I was going to get myself dinner at Moe's, but I missed their operating hours by about ten minutes. Came home, fixed myself dinner, worked on my photo album.

Tuesday, March 2:
Woke up feeling feverish and clammy. I took my temperature, and it was at 99. I was actually relieved, because that explains why I'd been in such a bad mood; I'm always rage-y when I'm getting sick. Finished up work early, so I worked on my photo album. Made myself some soup.

Wednesday, March 3:
Still tired, but feeling better. Worked - did some support call work, held my two training sessions for the week. Found out that Bob Bryar really has left MCR, very sad. Worked captions for my photo album. Stayed up far too late faffing about on the internet, re-tagging old journal entries.

Thursday, March 4:
Got up and ran to my physical therapy appointment for my carpal tunnel. Last appointment, yay! Grabbed lunch from Willy's, and came home. Worked on support calls all afternoon. Completed the embellishments on the photo album. Was safety person for my friend Katherine for her first eHarmony date; she was not kidnapped, yay!

Friday, March 5:
Worked on support calls in the morning; annoyingly I have 5 going right now (this is not my actual job, just helping out another department) which are basically resolved but am waiting to hear back from the client to confirm that what I've told them actually worked. Then did my actual job in the afternoon, four hours of conference calls, an hour and a half of paperwork. Took a super quick shower, and ran to tennis drills. Went out to dinner afterward with Katherine, our regular Tennis and Tequila outing at a local Mexican place. Came home after and put the photo album together, finished, yay!

Saturday, March 6:
I took a day for myself. Slept in til noon, didn't really get up at that point. Worked on tagging old LJ entries, read a blog by a woman who gave up her career to move to Hong Kong with her boyfriend, did laundry, cuddled cat. K came down after work, and we went over to my friends' house for an awesome vegetarian dinner (fake chicken cordon bleu, rudabega (sp?), asparagus, and homemade rolls, with pears and caramel ice cream for dessert, plus yummy lemonade cocktails!) and a movie - Girls Will Be Girls - which should totally be a cult classic, it's hilarious. Hint: none of the girls are actually girls. Came home really late.

Sunday, March 7:
K got up to leave for his parents' house in Florida for spring break early. After he left, I went back to bed until noon. Still tired, but not so hungover as I probably should have been (yummy cocktails were yummy) thanks to copious amounts of water ingested throughout the night. Personal computer wouldn't start; took battery out, started up. Had to restore, screen is not working right (flickers, goes dark, etc). Backed up files in case of premature death; will probably take it in to Best Buy sometime this week. Ran to play tennis, sort of won - I won the first set 7-6, and then half way through the second set, when the score was 3-3, my opponent forfeited due to fatigue (she has had a cold this week.) I am happy to have the points, but it was a bit of a let down. One of the girls on my team was playing a match at the same time, so I stuck around to watch the end of her match, and then we went to dinner. I came home, and have planted myself on the couch, and that pretty much brings us up to date.

Future Days )
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Oh, I am worn OUT. I played two hours of tennis tonight (a match, and then practice on top of that), and combined with yesterday's 3 mile trek and a single's tennis match, I am feeling the aches and pain. But it was fun, and I won my singles match! I was expecting to get killed because I haven't played singles in forever.

Valentine's Day weekend was nice - I got a box of candy for the first time ever that was not from a friend or relative, so that's exciting :D We weren't really celebrating since we're going out of town next weekend. We saw Youth in Revolt (which was enjoyable) on Saturday and hung out with friends on Sunday. Good weekend :D

And because I am going to finish this meme:

Day 20: A hobby of yours

I scrapbook. I am a scrapbooker. I think it sort of has a stigma against it, like only old or weird people do it, but I love it. I started for a couple of reasons. My mom has always just kept photos in boxes (until last year when I helped her put them in books), and it's a jumble of what year is this and who's in that photo, and it drove me crazy. Also, as we age, memory is not a strong point of my family. So someday when I've lost my memory, I look forward to thumbing through these books and wondering who the pretty girl who went on all these adventures was. :D

some photos )

Future Days )
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I never said they'd be consecutive days! This post brought to you by the fact that my hands are still KILLING me.

Day 02: Your favourite movie

Despite the fact that I love a lot of movies (Heathers, Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Better Off Dead, Say Anything, Cool Hand Luke, etc), I'm going to have to go with Jaws. My first viewing was at age 4 (my sister, choosing inappropriate movies for children since the late 1970s) and I watch it at least once a year, if not more often.

Future days )
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Yeah, so every day I think I'll update LJ, and every day I sort of don't. I've gotten out of the habit, I guess. I still read everything, I swear!

So things are pretty good with me. I've been going to Canada a lot this fall, but that's done now. I'm still seeing the guy I started dating in July, we'll call him K (because his name starts with a K, I'm dead clever like that). Seems to be going pretty good so far. I'm hopefully almost done with dealing with my plumbing woes. Lesson learned: cheapest quote, not always the best way to go. Ugh.

I have tomorrow off, so I'm on weekend time. The day is going to be filled with things like taking the recycling to the farmers market, grocery shopping, and house-cleaning. V exciting, I know. But then Scott & I are going to see 2012 tomorrow night, because neither of our respective BFs want to see it (lamers! I don't care if California wouldn't crack like that) and then Saturday the plumbers are coming to put straw down to cover the horrendous pile of clay that is my front yard. I have this niggling feeling I've made plans with someone and forgotten them. Hopefully not.

And now I'm off to flip through six months worth of Better Homes & Gardens magazines so I can recycle them tomorrow. G'nite!
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I feel like I haven't updated in forever, even though I know I tweet everyday so you probably know what I'm up to anyway. Weird how twitter can make you feel so connected and so disconnected at the same time. Then again, twitter arouses a lot of conflicting thoughts in me, but that's for another day.

I'm flying home from Vancouver, and it's been a long, long day. My plane lands in Atlanta at midnight, which means if I'm lucky I'll be home by 1:30. I connected through Los Angeles, and I had forgotten that LAX is of the devil. To get from the terminal that I landed in to the one I was flying out of, I had to go outside, through 3 parking structures, across 2 sky bridges, down an elevator and an escalator, then back outside and down a sidewalk about 500 feet. Then I had to go through security again, of course, because I was outside - bad planning! Plus I had to throw away half a diet coke because I couldn't take it through security. :((( Fail, LAX, fail.

And now I'm on the plane, and I'm tired and I have a headache, and I really should be working because I have a million documents I need to be updating but I just can't do it right now. Monday is another day. I don't know that I ever said why I was in Vancouver for so long - my company is integrating with a new front office vendor, and this was meant to be end-to-end testing and a corporate consultation for the client who has agreed to roll it out first. The testing I was observing, and then doing the consultation. Unfortunately, the testing didn't go so great, so we're pushing the roll out for a bit. I did my part with the consultation, so that's as done as it can be til we have the final answers on some of the problems that were discovered, but now I have a ton of documentation to update.

It would have helped more if my health was better. I am mostly over the flu, just an occasional cough now, but it took a lot out of me and we were working some really long days. The last couple of days I've been losing my voice. I'm hoping that will go away soon and am dousing myself in vitamin C daily. In some ways, I feel like I've lost a month. Between getting sick and travelling, it's been nothing but work and sleep. I have some photos from the weekend, from my brief excursions around Stanley Park and Granville Island. If my battery holds out, I'll go through them now and try to post them when I get home.

Hope your lives are more exciting than mine! Also, whoever picked Marley & Me as the inflight movie is a sadist who likes to watch me people cry in public.


*Actually a song in the playlist I'm listening to right now. What are the odds?


ETA: Home at ten til 2. Not bad considering there were tornadoes in the Atlanta area tonight.
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Just got back from seeing a really cute movie, Stone of Destiny, with Anne-Marie, the QA person from the other company I'm working with over these two weeks. It was fun to get out, and the movie was one I wouldn't have normally seen but really enjoyed. It's the story of the Scottish students who stole the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey in the 1950s and ignited a wave of Scottish Nationalism.

We had a nice dinner as well, with Kenneth, my counterpart at Anne-Marie's company... who oddly is from Atlanta, too! It's a Dutch company, and Anne-Marie is from the head office there, but their US office is in Midtown Atlanta and that's where Kenneth works. Weird to come so far to meet someone who lives so close!

I'm looking forward to the weekend, the weather's supposed to be nice and I'm going to walk around Stanley Park tomorrow and take photos. Will share them! :)
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I feel like I haven't really updated in a while, other than twitter posts and the occasional 'hey, look at this' link. I'm doing good, just focused elsewhere, I guess. I've been playing a lot of tennis, although our league wrapped up on Saturday for the winter season. I had my best game so far, so that was awesome. I saw My Bloody Valentine with some fellow Supernatural enthusiasts on opening day. I enjoyed it a lot, mostly because I was in a theater full of people intent on having a good time. It was cheesy but fun, and I wish the theater had had the 3D stuff because that would have been awesome.

I watched the inauguration, of course, and twittered through it - which kind of cracks me up, but anyway. I thought his speech was good, and I hope that the rest of the nation takes it the way I took it, that it's great he got elected, but that our duty didn't end there and now we have to help turn things around by volunteering, by staying involved in local, state and federal politics, and by holding our elected officials accountable for their voting.

I'm of two minds about the whole closing of Gitmo thing. On the one hand, I am happy that Obama is moving to close the torture 'loophole' - that goes against everything we sell ourselves as as Americans, and you cannot say we stand for liberty and justice and freedom for all, but we have to do this horrible thing because everybody else does it and the ends justify the means. No. On the other hand, it opens up a whole host of really uncomfortable questions, and I hope that this is step one, and step two is a really clever plan to address them. Where do these detainees go? What should the legal process for indicting/prosecuting/imprisoning terrorists be? Should there be degrees of terrorism like there are degrees of murder? There's a lot of hard questions there that I don't have the answers for, and am frankly glad that I don't personally have to come up with them. Like it says in this video, I'm glad we've elected the smart guy, because decades of going for the charismatic guy that doesn't make us feel stupid had gotten us in this mess. My understanding is that the Obama administration is asking for a 30 day suspension on everything, and I hope they come back with a plan at that point.

In other less political news, I came home on Sunday and started putting away my groceries only to notice that something was amiss in the kitchen. On further inspection, I discovered that my cabinets, which are ONLY TWO YEARS OLD are coming un-nailed from the back of the cabinet (which is mounted onto the wall). So now they're crooked and I'm trying to find a good handyman to put them back. To add to the unfairness, it's not even like I put that much food into them. Argh, I say, argh!

And that's about it. Most of my focus these days is on my diet (which is going well), making a blanket, figuring out what I'm doing with my vacation time this year (trips to Denver, home, Savannah, home), and fighting off a cold.
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no really. I meant to be in bed by 11, maybe I'll make it by midnight. That will still be the earliest I've gotten to bed all week. Adjusting to being back from vacation is hard, y'all. Especially since my motivation seems to strike around 10 pm.

New things: I have pictures on my wall! It only took 2 years. Also, I'm still working on my college sweatshirt blanket. I am taking pics, will share when it's done. I am baking cookies for my tennis match on Saturday; chances it will be rained out will go up by every dozen I make.

Also, on a completely unrelated note, am I the only person in the world who never knew that the plot to "Clueless" is actually the plot to "Emma" by Jane Austen? The shit you learn when you read, fr srs, y'all.

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