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So today I played tennis. It wasn't a great game - our opponents had some serious issues with calling the ball out when it was clearly NOT. It's frustrating, because the game works on an honor system and you cannot challenge a call. I will never understand people who feel the need to cheat at an amateur level. Everyone makes a bad call now and then, but this was a pervasive pattern. Ugh. But anyway, I am tired, grumpy, and sore tonight. I can't remember if I've mentioned it on here, because I haven't posted as much lately, but I've injured my foot. It happened at the end of August - it's plantar fasciatis, or arch pain. I have cut my playing down from 3-4 times a week to only playing once a week in our matches. Unfortunately, it seems to not be enough. This season ends on this coming Sunday, and I think I am going to take a month off. In the meantime, I am going to look for a gym to take yoga and weight training. I hate it, because there's really not much you can do athletically that doesn't require you to use your foot. Except swimming but I don't really like it, and the last time I went swimming I ended up with a month of vertigo.

Apparently I'm falling apart.

Exercising less combined with eating more has lead to my weight going back up, completely erasing the progress I'd made in the first half of the year. Sigh. I'm trying not to hate myself for it, but it is hard not to get upset. I wish food was less of an emotional crutch for me, and that I thought things that were good for me tasted good.

To add to my mental disquiet, I've been working West coast hours for the last few weeks. It really disrupts my routine and isolates me from the outside world. I stay up too late, and then don't leave my house because it's too late to meet anyone after work.

Ok, so that's all my moaning. Now for the bright side: I have ordered new boots. I am working Central time for the next two weeks. I am looking actively for a gym (I even made a spreadsheet!) I am going to dedicate myself to eating right between now and my vacation. IT IS ALMOST TIME FOR MY VACATION. In 11 days, I will has a [personal profile] krazycat. Two days after that, I will be off of work for 10 days (including weekends.)
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Today was my birthday, and I had a fabulous day.

Now I am about to tell you what I did, and there will be parts of it where you scratch your head and go, "She did that on her birthday and is happy about it??" That's okay. I have come to terms with the fact that I am indeed a special snowflake. It's fine.

First, one of the really cool things about my work is that included in what they call "floating holidays" is the option to take your birthday off. So today was literally a holiday for me. \o/

So this is what I did today:

  • Went to my GP for a physical, which included getting the update for my HepA/HepB vaccine, getting bloodwork done to test my cholesterol, and having an EKG.

  • Went to Krispy Kreme and got donuts as a reward for all the needles.

  • Went to Lowe's and got keys made for the house. Intended to get keys made for tenant, but instead got really pretty keys made for me. I also got more houseplants so I can pretend like I can grow things.

  • Went to Ross and got 2 photo albums, 5 shirts, and two dresses. 3 of the shirts I didn't even try on til I got home, but they are all great and one of them is so awesome I want to wear it EVERYWHERE. I got all this for $100.

  • Went to my laser hair removal appointment.

  • Went to Bed, Bath, & Beyond and got more fabric cubes for my office.

  • Hung out with my friend at the tennis center; sadly couldn't play because you're not supposed to get overheated for 24 hours after the laser hair removal.

  • Picked up my dry cleaning.

  • Got a salad from my favorite Mexican place.

  • Came home and got the mail, only to discover gifts from friends had arrived!

  • Got wished happy birthday by my mom, who asked if I'd opened my card yet. I had not, as I'd just gotten the mail, so I opened it while I was on the phone with her, and YAY! They'd sent me a $100 check*! So it's like they bought me all the clothes I splurged on - *\o/*

  • Went on a "Don't Get Killed by Strangers from Craigslist" errand with the same friend from earlier and had a nice chat.

  • Came home and washed the curtains and baseboards in my bedroom.

*Yes, I'm the baby, why do you ask?

Now, as I said, some of you may be thinking that this would be a horrible way to spend your birthday. No special dinner? No friends everywhere? No attention? No party? But for me, this is perfection. Over the years, I have determined that while I love my friends and family, and I am excited to celebrate the occasion of my birth with them, it is in everyone's best interest if we don't do this on my ACTUAL birthday.

This is what happens on my birthday: I am a Virgo. On our best days, we're your friend who remember to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and bandaids on every outing. On our worst days, we are the anal-retentive bitches melting down on the side of the road because NO ONE IS FOLLOWING THE PLAN. Guess which one birthdays tend to fall under? Every year, my anxiety level would rise higher and higher as plans were made, but then changed at the last minute. Or people were late. Or the service at the restaurant was bad. Or we couldn't get to the movie theater on time. Even on the celebrations that turned out well, I always felt like at the end of the day, I hadn't had as much fun as everyone expected me to have.

The beauty of my day? Everything was under my control. I wasn't dependent on someone else to show up, no one was trying to make me have the bestest birthday ever, I got to do all the things I wanted. I accomplished things. I had a productive day, and was pleasantly surprised by all the things that I hadn't even planned on, like finding fun clothes and getting fancy keys.

And tomorrow, I will go out with my friends to a joint celebration with another friend from tennis whose birthday was this week (so we can share the spotlight, whew). It won't matter if half the people don't show, or if twice as many people show as RSVP'd, or if the guys at the karaoke place who barely speak English mess up our reservation and we get crammed into a tiny room. I had my birthday, and everything else is just icing on the cake.
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I meant to come on earlier and update, but oh, how the evenings just slip away!

I had a very nice weekend:

Friday was tennis but no going out after - everyone else was out of town, injured, or not there. I could have met up with friends, but honestly after playing in the humidity & heat I was happy just to get takeout and go home. I'm making a mix for bandombigbang, so I worked on that.

Saturday was Ladies Brunch (G called it that once and now it's stuck that way in my head because I made fun of her for it), aka hanging out with my non-tennis friends. We tried a new restaurant in Buckhead, and I had the most divine breakfast sandwich - black forest ham, brie, and apples, with a maple syrup dipping sauce and a side of cheddar cheese grits. AND I DON'T EVEN LIKE HAM. It was amazing! Then after I did a little shopping, and found some great deals. I got a BCBG shirt that had originally been $140 for $10, and four packs of scrapbooking paper for about the cost of one if I'd gotten it at the craft store - I heart Marshalls. The only sad thing was I realized after I left that I had a card for instore credit from a return that I'd forgotten about, but I'll just use it next time. I also bought white pants. I haven't owned white pants in well over twenty years. We'll see how that ends up!

Saturday night, a friend invited me over to a dinner party at her house. One of her high school friends is a chef, and he cooked us a vegan meal - it was delicious! I can't remember now what all there was but dessert was chocolate mousse made from avocado and coconut.

Sunday was quiet. I'm working on finishing my 2006 photo album - I am through April totally, and through September without captions. I think I started working on it in June, so that's a pretty rapid pace. I'm hoping to power through this week and finish it by the end of the weekend.

And that's about it. I'm still not sleeping right, my neck hurts, but otherwise I am well. I've emailed the potential renter and am waiting to hear back; thanks to everyone for advising me this afternoon!
vixalicious: (Travel - Bad Day)
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.
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

Last day!!! Whoo, I did it!!!!

December 31:
I dragged myself out of bed this morning, really stayed up too late last night ugh. I drove up to the perimeter mall area to go to the Best Buy that had the stereo for the car. They couldn't install it until Tuesday, so I went ahead and bought it, and then drove down to the Best Buy that's closer to my house to see if they could install it. They couldn't do it today, but they can tomorrow, so I have a noon appointment for that. Hope I don't have a bad hangover! :)

Then I had lunch, and noticed that the mattress store across the street was having a sale. I have had "Get a new mattress" on my Should-Do list for a couple of years now, so I went over. Two hours later, I am the proud (?) owner of a new mattress set. I spent a bit more than I intended to (it was an $1900 mattress that I got for $1400), but it has a 15 year warranty, and I have two years to pay for it. And they gave me two free Tempur-pedic pillows, whee! Then I rushed to finish my errands so I could go home and get the bedrooms ready for delivery, as that was the reason for the sale - it had to be delivered today so that it's out of their warehouse before they inventory for the new year for tax purposes.

I thought I might get the delivery for free because they were guaranteed to be here by 7 and I hadn't heard from them at all, but then they called at 20 past 6, and then they were here and had the old mattress moved, the box springs shifted over to my guestroom, the other box springs out and everything cleaned up in less than 15 minutes.

Then I got cleaned up and went to a friend's party for NYE - lots of fun, drinks, dancing, laughing, and sparklers outside at midnight. It was so warm tonight! And now I am home, and getting ready for my first night on the new bed. We shall see how it goes!

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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Day 27: This month, in great detail

December 28:
Slept in, had lunch with Mom & Dad. I went to Wal Mart while Dad went to the doctor's - he's come down with a bad sinus infection/bronchitis thing. :( I picked up all the things on their list, and bought the birthday/anniversary cards for tomorrow's dinner, as well as a pastry brush for my mom for her birthday because she mentioned this week that she'd had to throw her old one away but kept forgetting to get a new one. Never say stuff like that around me, it tends to get you that thing, no matter how silly it is. Also, I almost bought a jigsaw puzzle set because for some reason I've been really wanting to put one together over this vacation, but I talked myself out of it because I knew my sister wanted to play cards tonight. Maybe I will look for it on sale at my Walmart when I get home. Anyway, I was wandering around the store, killing time waiting for my dad to get done at the doctor, and I saw the craft aisle so I looked at the yarn for a minute. Then I saw that Electronics was nearby so I thought I'd see how much a small TV would cost as I want one for my office. Then this happened:

My Internal Voice: "Damn, this cart has a wonky wheel."
Part of My Brain That Actually Pays Attention to Life: "Um. Wouldn't it have been wonky the entire 45 minutes you've already been shopping? Why is it just now bad?"
I look down, see the yarn that is quickly winding its way around one of the wheels. "SHIT."
I pull into an aisle and start tugging uselessly at the yarn.
My Internal Voice: "Ugh, it won't come off. Ew, I'm touching wheel grease, this is gross."
Part of My Brain That Actually Pays Attention to Life: "Um. The craft aisle was about 8 aisles back. Have you been trailing yarn this entire time like a dumbass?"

For the record, I had not. I had only been trailing about 15 feet of yarn like a dumbass. I had to get TWO Walmart employees to help me, one of which I asked for assistance and the other who FOLLOWED THE TRAIL OF THE MOVING YARN TO SEE WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON. This is my life.

I managed to not have any more accidents and Dad came and got me, and we went to the pharmacy to get his medicine. We chatted with Emory Melton, one of the few people I recognize in town these days and I helped find batteries for his hearing aid because the pharmacy was packed! Then we came home and I got on the internet for a while, then I helped make soup, and then we played cards. My sister and I won three games in a row - we were unbeatable! So we stopped to buy lottery tickets on the way home in case our good luck continued. We then learned that you cannot buy lottery tickets after 10 PM in Cassville MO. We are not sure if that was a state law or a gas station rule. I kind of lean toward it being a "the lady in the back didn't want to teach the new girl how to do it" rule, but that's just me. So we bought 4 scratch off tickets instead. Then my sister had to teach me how to play because I had never bought one before (still haven't, as she paid for them) and didn't understand. 4 tickets at $2 each, and they were all a bust except one, where we won the $2 back. No free money for us! :(

December 29:
Met my best friend's mother in town for lunch and caught up with her - she seems much happier than she has been any time I've seen her post-divorce. Then I went to Springfield with my parents and went to Best Buy. I am going to get a new radio for my car, because I am tired of messing with FM transmitters. Oddly enough, replacing the radio is not that much more expensive. Okay, it's 2-3 times more expensive, but has less chance of me dying in a fiery crash because the damn thing went staticky. Coming soon: Free to good home, one FM transmitter. Works well if you do not live in a major metropolitan area. Ugh. Anyway, I selected the radio I wanted only to find out that they couldn't install it that day, so I will have to do it on Friday after I'm home so that I don't miss the sale price. Also, may have talked my dad into getting a wireless router by telling him it would make us all want to hang out at their house when we're home. True, and sad, I know. I miss wifi. I miss internet. But I love my family. Speaking of which, we then went to our annual Birthday/Anniversary Extravaganza at Jimm's (first time at this restaurant - I realize that made it sound like we do this annually at Jimm's but I'm too lazy to fix it.) I was not expecting Jimm's to have two M's. But the food was decent and it was good to see everyone one last time before I have to head home in the morning. I came back to my sister's after saying goodbye to my parents (sniff) and packed everything up. I am definitely leaving with more than I came with! My mom gave me a knife tonight because I commented on how sharp it was when I was slicing veggies at her house. So far, I've nearly stabbed myself in the foot with it; perhaps I should not have sharp things.

December 30:
Driving, driving, more driving. I let the cat out to stretch her legs in Conway and she peed on the car seat. :( It wasn't her fault though; she was trying to use the litter box but just missed. After 13 lovely hours, many of which were filled with yowling cat, we are both happy to be home. And in anticipation of my New Year's resolution (more coming soon!) I have unpacked and put away almost everything. Then I stayed up far too late embracing the marvel of wi-fi. Oh, how I have missed it!

Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
vixalicious: (I Can Fly - Amanda Palmer)
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
vixalicious: (Heart Bubble)
Day 27: This month, in great detail

December 2nd:

I woke up this morning with a killer sore throat and feeling generally icky. Ugh. Apparently I shouldn't have been playing tennis at night in the cold. Who knew? I curled up on the couch with my laptop and went to work. It was a frustrating day of waiting for something to be fixed, but I did get a chance to work on my iPod playlists. Then once we got our problem resolved, it was a race to get as much done as quickly as possible. At the end of the day, I had a possible bright spot - but I don't want to jinx it, so I'll tell you more about that later. (tease, I know!)

Then I went off to have dinner with my friend Scott at a restaurant called Everybody's in Virginia-Highlands because they are closing that location this week and it has always been one of our favorite places. We were going to walk around a bit, but all the shops were closed and it was cold (have I mentioned that? It's cold. I disapprove.)

Then I came home to ensconce myself on the couch with my laptop, where I uploaded pictures from Thanksgiving and my cousin's wedding (anyone who wants to friend me on FB is welcome, btw, but it is an entirely NON-FANNISH place for me, so you would need to abide by that - no mention of the slash fiction!) and did some Christmas shopping on Amazon and Sephora. I only bought two things for myself, yay? One was a throw blanket that was only $10 - I thought it would be nice for my car. And then I bought a set of Urban Decay eyeliner pencils that I probably didn't need. Such is life.

Oh, and a friend linked me to this site today:
It's a website where they give discounts, special deals, and cash back for shopping online. I used it for my Sephora purchase and got a free gift with my purchase and will get 6% cash back on my purchase. I will try to remember to post an update when they actually give me the cash, but my friend said the friend that has been using it for a while has gotten lots of cash back with no issues. They require your name, email, and mailing address, but no credit card info.

Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
vixalicious: (Default)
Today I have:

  • aired out the house.

  • assembled my new TV stand, even though they forgot to drill two of the holes at the factory.

  • mopped the entire downstairs (except my office, which is still a disaster zone.)

  • had a heart attack when I realized Cinnamon managed to get outside during the airing out process. EEEP. I am a bad cat mommy.

  • made broccoli raisin salad & regular salad for lunch & dinner this week. I am going to get back on track.

  • tried on all the hiking shoes I ordered and realized that the ones I ordered first that I thought didn't fit, really do.

  • vacuumed.

  • took the trash out.

And now I'm waiting on K to get here (he had to work today, poor guy) so we can go to a movie. \o/ Yay, productive day! Which makes up for yesterday, during which I did nothing.
vixalicious: (I Can Fly - Amanda Palmer)
Yes it's four in the morning. Yes, I may have told a friend I'd be up at 9 am tomorrow to go to yoga. Yes, I may be a little bit drunk. But I digress...

Point the first: Last weekend was my all concert, all the time weekend. I went to see the American Idols concert on Friday. My indie soul died a little, but fuck that, it was a ton of fun. Or I was really intoxicated. Possibly both. The majority of the show was like a really good night out at a karaoke bar, and then Adam Lambert came on and it was a real rock show. Also, credit where it's due, the winner, Kris Allen, put on a hell of a show. Then on Saturday, you guys, on Saturday, I saw GREEN DAY. OMG, my soul was restored :D They were completely, completely awesome. I think that may have been the best concert I've ever been to. And they did everything, all the new stuff, all the American Idiot stuff, King for a Day, Minority, Good Riddance. The only thing they could have done to make it more awesome would have been if Tre got up and sang Dominated Love Slave, and I'm willing to bet that that will never happen. They did three encores, and they let some random kid from the audience play guitar for Jesus of Suburbia. Let me repeat that. Some random kid who was about 18 got to play Billie Joe Armstrong's guitar on stage with Green Day.

Point the second: My aunt is doing well. They ended up not doing surgery or traction, she's just doing rehab and apparently it's going really well. She's out of the hospital and in a nursing home? or some sort of care facility. I'm not sure. But thanks everyone for your good thoughts.

Point the third: Cinnamon is over her pink eye. That sucked.

Point the fourth: You know how you know you like a boy? You start questioning the content of your underwear drawer. Anybody got a favorite source of pretty underthings for the more well-endowed girl? I hate, hate, hate Victoria and all her secrets. Her secret is she's a skinny, flat-chested bitch and that just doesn't work out for me.

Ugh, ok. Bed. I'm so going to be napping during corpse pose tomorrow.
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Things I needThings I want
New Plumbing - $1500New Plasma TV - $1500
New Cordless Phones - $80New Cell Phone - $200
New shoes for tennis - $80Actually, no, I want them too.*

*I'd just like to not have to pay $80 for them.
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So tired, omg. Going to bed soon even though it's only 10pm here.

Today was an exercise in why it's a bad idea to have someone try to work when everyone else in the company is taking a holiday. We hit an issue at install that required escalation and everyone was off barbecueing (cuing? cuying? idk). The bright side was that we got to call it a day around 3pm, because there was no point in pretending we could get anything done.

This gave me plenty of time to go shopping, which I needed to do because I had a packing failure. Always fun to unpack at the hotel and go 'Um. Where's that shirt?' Still not as bad as my all-time favorite: the time I forgot to pack my shoes. \o/ I rule! I asked the concierge about the mall, and he said it was 12 blocks away, and then sent me down to Granville Street. A) It wasn't 12 blocks. More like 20. But whatever, it was a nice day. People were out walking their dogs and their kids and stuff, so. Nice. But still mah feets hurt. B) Granville Street is under construction. Not like, ooh, 'there's a pothole, let's fix it' construction, but 'oh my god they've take out the entire street AND the sidewalks and left this giant gravel road that feels like walking in the Old West' construction. Seriously no road. None. In related news, Chucks and gravel, two tastes that taste great SEPARATELY.

I got to the mall, and had sort of lost my will to shop, but I persevered. I found a top at The Bay for $20! It's a bit too hot pink, but it'll go well with the pants that I actually did bring to go with the top that I only thought I brought. And I bought two baseball caps to wear for tennis this summer so I don't sunburn my scalp - one Converse, one Puma. They were... not $20. I possibly overspent on hats. But I'll save on not getting skin cancer, so there's that!

The rest of my evening I've spent watching Adam Lambert do various things - hi, new obsession, hi! - and lounging. Now I'm listening to Queen and thinking about how much I want shoes. LOTS OF SHOES. And a cool messenger bag that I can cover with pins and patches.
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My weekend (which pretty much started at noon on Thursday) in bullets:


  • tried once again to mow my lawn. Neighbor came over when he saw me messing with my lawn mower again. He suggested plugging it into the outlet directly instead of via extension cord AND dug up this metal thing that was in my yard for me. My neighbors rock! I need to make them cookies again.

  • did preliminary pet supply shopping, and bought paint for guestrooms.

  • painted accent wall in main guestroom.


  • claimed my fanmix fic for [ profile] bandombigbang \o/

  • mowed lawn again. Got 1/3 of lawn mowed before battery died. There is definitely something wrong, which is going to require me to Do Something. *sigh*

  • got a facial. From a SPA, you pervs.

  • did actual pet shopping. Got mega-cute cat carrier. Note to self: must carry cat with me everywhere now, a la Paris Hilton and her rat dogs.

  • painted rest of guestroom. It looks awesome! One down, one to go!

  • stayed up way too late fretting that the cat I wanted to adopt would be gone before I got there.

Caturday Saturday

  • shelter opens at noon. I arrive at 11:45. Parking lot full. Luckily, everyone else is there for dogs.

  • adopted Cinnamon, who was at this point named Brandy. Name changed due to a) I'd already picked one out, and b) could not think Brandy without getting "Brandy, you're a fine girl, what a good wife you would be..." stuck in my head.

  • take cat home.

  • Chinese food!

  • nap. I was worn out from the previous night's freak out.

  • play with cat.

  • go to party, mostly uneventful.

  • read [ profile] bandombigbang story


  • Got up to feed cat; accidentally set off burglar alarm AGAIN. Clearly I should not open doors/windows in an uncaffeinated state.

  • Went back to bed.

  • Played with cat.

  • Laughed at cat, who is clearly freaked out by having a whole house to wander in.

  • Took pictures of cat.

  • Went grocery shopping.

  • Moved everything out of second guestroom to prepare for painting.

  • Worked on fanmix for BBB.

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+ Drug myself out of bed, wishing I had not stayed up til 2 am out of a paranoid worry that Obama's victory would somehow be snatched away.

+ Obsessively refreshed and to track what was going on in Senate races and with Prop 8.

+ Failed at being a good aunt. I didn't forget my niece's birthday, but I couldn't think of anything to get her. I'll mail her a card and some money this weekend.

+ Pondered what I want to do to be a part of positive change in this country.

+ Got my site up and running.

+ Did some shopping on Amazon. Will soon be the proud owner of a new yoga DVD, A People's History of the United States, and a new photo album.

+ Requested a couple of books online at the library and renewed the two I have out. Fingers crossed the books I requested will be available by Saturday!

+ Filled out a form to volunteer at the library.

+ Emailed Habitat for Humanity to find out more about their Women Build program.

+ Bookmarked the CARE website to look into volunteer opportunities with them.


Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:26 pm
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I finally got out of the hotel! We got done with work about 6pm, so it was still daylight a little. And everyone assured me it was very safe here, even the corporate reps from the US office. So I ventured out the ten blocks to the city center and did some shopping. I want to go back during the day and take more photos. I got a few things, one in particular I was hoping for - a nice onyx domino set for my dad for Christmas.

I continue to be amazed at the stupid shit I do when I'm out. People talk to me, right? I just have one of those faces that says 'hey, she probably won't tell you to fuck off, you should talk to her.' So I had about five different conversations with different vendors. Not so bad, except. I. Cannot. Shut. My. Mouth. I tell them things like my name, how long I'm in town, where I'm staying. And the second it comes out of my mouth, I think, you moron. Ah well. I made it back safe. Now I'm just waiting for my dinner and wishing my feet didn't hurt so much.
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And I'm headed home again.

I can't seem to stop the shopping. But on the plus side, I'd say I'm about 1/3 of the way done with my Christmas shopping. I finished up work at 6pm on Friday, and had 3 hours to kill before my car to the airport. My hotel had a mall attached, so I wandered around there for a couple of hours, and had dinner at McDonald's.

Number of days in Thailand: 5
Number of times eating at McDonald's: 2
Number of times eating in McDonald's in the US in the last 4 years: 0

It's one of those bizarre things that I only do when I'm abroad. However, it was worth it for this awesome picture of Ronald McDonald doing the traditional Thai bow.

Creepy Ronald is Creepy

My flight left Bangkok at 11:25 pm on Friday - 12:25 pm Friday Eastern. I was asleep before we even took off - which was kind of sad, because the plane had a camera on the front which was attached to the inflight monitors, so you could see the takeoff from the pilot's perspective, and I missed it because I literally couldn't keep my eyes open - and I slept the whole way. We landed at 7:30 am Saturday (6pm Friday Eastern), and I tried to take a picture on the way in because you could see the clouds reflecting in the rice paddies as we flew over.


So now I am waiting for my flight from Tokyo to Atlanta, which leaves at 3:30 pm (Saturday 2:30 am Eastern), and lands at 3:10pm. Watch me go back in time! It's all very exciting, except for the part where I am trying not to fall asleep in a public place and by the time I get home it will be almost 48 hours since I've showered.

So in the 5 days I was in Thailand, I spent $200. In the 3 hours I've been in Japan, I've spent nearly $60. But I needed that puffy Hello Kitty t-shirt. And a watch for my keychain! And a toothbrush set for my sister (she likes foreign toothbrushes) that promises to 'Keep Your Tooth Clean' - apparently you can only pick one tooth, but it will sparkle. They also have a small origami museum/shop, which was really cool.


And I will leave you with a picture of the cool lounge I'm sitting in while I wait for my flight - only four more hours to go!

Narita Airport
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Things purchased today:

New sheets
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Sheer curtains for my bedroom
Twig things for my bedroom
New cheapo sunglasses
Two new belts
An awsome new purse

Ho Hum

May. 17th, 2008 10:55 am
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Hi everyone! I've meant to update all week, but considering how in turns stressed out (work) and sad (personal life) I've been, it's best I didn't. But my mood is better today, I'm going to go work outside in my yard and get some sunshine, go play the drums this afternoon, and maybe go buy myself some stuff from IKEA tonight.
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I had Friday off as a comp day, due to all the travelling around I've been doing, so I decided to use it to paint my living room/upstairs hallway. Photos of what it looked like before are here. I painted for about five hours and then went off and played tennis for an hour and a half, then came back and painted from 9pm to 3am. I kept thinking, I'm so close, I'll just finish it. I got it done, but eesh, was I tired the next day! And also, so so sore. The tennis alone probably would have done me in, but combined with 10 hours of painting, and my carpal tunnel flaring up, and moving around just was not fun.

But the room looks gorgeous! Pictures are here - the faceplates and stuff are still off, and I've moved almost all the furniture out of the room, but you get the idea.

On Saturday, I bought the area rug I've had my eye on for months for this room, and I pick it up this coming Saturday, so once I have the room more together I'll do another set of photos!

Also on Saturday, I saw Tristan Prettyman at Eddie's Attic - she's really great, check her out on myspace.

On Sunday, I flew to Boston, as my site this week is on Cape Cod, and got to have dinner with my brother and his wife, so I am a happy camper this week! :D Hope you're all doing well!


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