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Sunday, November 12th, 2006
5:50 pm
For the love of all that is normal and sensible, please stop wearing flip flops. It's November. And maybe it if was 65 degrees and November, I could see it, but when it's 40 degrees, it just looks ridiculous.

(OH)

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
10:33 pm - Not all of them...
What is enough to bring me back to the posting world? One request.

If you do not already watch Battlestar Galactica, go now and rent, buy, borrow, whatever, the whole series, just to get to this single episode--Exodus, Part II--to witness some of the best television out there. Along the way, you'll watch some very close runners up to this episode.

Just frackin' do it.

(OH)

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
10:05 pm
Tired of not having a place to post about your love of the Bucks? Sick of having sites that censor the word "fuck" but actually allow the word m*ch*g*n to be used?

Find your new home here.

Go Bucks.

(1 IO | OH)

Friday, July 21st, 2006
12:27 am - My brother, the Hero
So my brother has been in the local media a couple of times recently, which is always a thrill. He is no stranger to the Dispatch, where he is a frequent contributor to the Travel Section (where people from Columbus send in pictures of themselves in fun non-Columbus places). However, earlier this summer, he had an article featuring him in C-Bus Magazine, a young professionals magazine here (page 7). And just yesterday, he was on ONN (as well as 610 AM this morning)! He's a celebrity! Ok, it wasn't the longest of interviews, but he sounded so professional and well-spoken! I am so proud. He was talking about how even though Honda decided not to build their plant here in Ohio, there was still a great opportunity for suppliers to build factories here. That's my brother--the champion of Ohio economics!

I was at work from 10 am this morning until 11 pm. I got a lot done, so that I should be able to finish all my work for the quarter on my one day in Columbus next week. I'm back in Dublin tomorrow, and have a bit to do there. It never ends, really. Next week is going to be hectic with all the meetings and conference calls. I need to be better about those, since I tend to space out during them while doing other work at my desk. Concentrate! Focus! Just like Commando.

Thoughts on Rock Star later.

(3 IOs | OH)

Thursday, July 13th, 2006
11:35 pm - It has such a delightful pea-ness to it...
Hello, my people!

Work has been sucking, of course. I am supposed to be transferring on Monday, but no one really knows what is going on. Some people expect me up in Dublin, some in Columbus. I think I just won't show up anywhere and let each place think I'm at the other. That would be pretty awesome.

After work last Friday, I picked up some pad thai for me and my parents, since Ryan had already driven to Sidney for camping. After my parents left, I took care of some housework and stuff. I also finally got around to watching a tape that my coworker loaned to me of the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 episode where they go back in time to the episode of the original series "The Trouble with Tribbles." It was pretty funny and kind of got me back in the mood for Star Trek. Not that I have time to watch that, though, with the wasteland of television that is on right now.

Saturday morning I went for a walk at Antrim with Marci. We probably could have run, but I wanted to hear all about her honeymoon and stuff, so we just walked four laps while getting schooled by people with strollers (seriously, those people go fast!). The weather was great, and it felt wonderful being outside. Then we both went to our friend Amy's bridal shower at Buca di Beppo. I hadn't eaten there in a long time--I forgot how good it was! The shower was in the Cinderella theme, so the cake and favors were adorable. I was recruited to make the ribbon bouquet for Amy, which was a challenge, considering we were at a restaurant and scissors, tape, and other supplies aren't readily available. But it turned out okay.

After the shower, I drove up to meet Ryan at camping. I liked this kind of camping, where a modern toilet and running water is readily available. I didn't swim in the lake or anything, but I quickly developed an addiction to riding the ATV. That thing was pretty awesome, even though I didn't go too fast. Too bad I didn't notice the "No passengers" warning until the next morning after I rode in the back a couple times (screaming like a banshee the whole time). We also played some volleyball, watched Ryan play poker, sat by the bonfire (with lovely colored flames), all that good stuff. When people started doing fireworks, I got a little freaked out. I just hate it when regular people do those--I just keep seeing someone's hand get blown off or something. Sleeping in the tent was surprisingly comfortable. It was a lot cooler than our apartment, which was sweltering because our A/C had been out since Wednesday (thanks, landlord!). In the morning, I actually caught some fish! I was just playing around with the pole (that's what she said!) when people started yelling at me to start reeling in the fish. I hadn't even noticed that little buoy thing was bobbing. I got three fish (or probably the same one three times) until the last one I got seemed to have swallowed the hook, so I felt terrible. Blake caught a catfish, but the best part was that as he was holding it for a picture, it freaked out and he dropped it. I got a picture of it while it happened, so we if ever need a laugh, we'll look at that picture.

Ryan and I got back to our stifling apartment Sunday and just sat around watching TV and movies for the rest of the day, trying not to get too sweaty. We finally got the A/C fixed Monday, but not before caving in at 1am and going to Meijer to get a fan. This one is pretty cool though, since it has remote control! Yes, we are lazy.

This week has been pretty hectic, but I feel like I am in decent shape for having work done for the month. We will see how things go with the transition. I do look forward to the challenge, but I am sure my life is about to get 400% more stressful. I will just have to learn from my mistakes and do the best I can. Other than that, I've been horrible about working out, which makes me sad. I need to get back on that, like yesterday. The problem is that with the new location will come a new schedule--even more like regular people, like 8 to 5pm. That will be nice for a while, but boy do I love sleeping in.

Okay, so now for the Rock Star update:

Magni (My generation)... Better than last week. He was channeling the Bono vibe, which was only mildly annoying.

Chris (Take Me Out)... Wow, he sucks. What a poseur.

Patrice (Heart Shaped Box)... I looked up Jordis Unga's performance of this from last year, and Patrice just can't compare. Kind of vanilla. In fact, almost all these rockers suck compared to the ones from last year.

Jenny (Tainted Love)... This chick bugs me. She does need a sandwich--and some voice lessons to make her voice not so thin and nasal.

Zayra (You Really Got Me Now)... Get out. Now. Please stop with the sassypants attitude and the catsuits.

Phil (If You Could Only See)... He makes me feel dirty. So awkward on stage, and I don't even see why the guys love his voice so much.

Josh (With Arms Wide Open)... Already gets negative points for singing Creed. He smiles a lot while singing, which is not so "rocker"-esque.

Dilana (Ring of Fire)... I think Ryan and I are obsessed with this lady. She scares us to death, but we love how she sang Ring of Fire. Ryan especially loves when she says, "fiery."

Storm (Surrender)... I have never heard this song before, but she just seems so bright and shiny when performing that I am mesmerized. She may be this year's MiG or Ty, who were too Broadway for the rock band. She looked a bit like a mix between Sporty and Baby Spice, but supersized (she is 6' tall).

Toby (Somebody Told Me)... I agree with him getting the encore. He totally rocked out and still sounded good. After hearing him sing all gravelly, it's hilarious to hear his real voice. Kind of like watching Lee Adama on Battlestar Galactica and then hearing how Jamie Bamber sounds in real life.

Lukas (Don't Panic)... He kind of bugs me, and I can see what that guy said about constricting his voice. Not only is that bad for the voice, it also sounds like poo.

Jill (Violet)... Never heard this original song either, but I know it can't sound half as bad as what she screeched.

Dana (Born to Be Wild)... Yawn. She looks totally like a good girl who is trying to be bad. Claiming she was rocking out because she was wearing fishnets and leopard? Right. Her hair even looks like it was pin straight, and she teased the hell out it. It doesn't look authentically dirty like Dilana's. Her eye makeup looked weird also, especially on the insides of her eyes. It made her look a little more like an alien.

Ryan (???)... Seriously, this guy is forgettable.

I was kind of sad that Chris left last night, since I thought his performance was the best of the three on the elimination show. I was just pissed that Zayra got to stay and keep thinking that she is the shizz. Well, she'll be gone soon enough. I think the only serious contenders on this show are Dilana, Lukas (even though I don't think he's that great), and Toby. Then again, the performers haven't been too consistent yet, so we'll just have to see. I do miss Marty, though. He needs to be famous!

(OH)

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
11:26 pm
I didn't know that Supernova already started with the "Reality Show" part of it airing Monday. I guess I am glad that I didn't see it so I wouldn't be influenced by if they were bitchy in real life.

I also forgot to say that the music producer guy from Rolling Stone looks like an awkward tool. That is all. :)

(OH)

10:17 pm - Rock Star Supernova
Well, I think we're going to give up on America's Got Talent, since we were really watching because we thought our friend was going to be on it. Which is good, because I kind of started getting into "So You Think You Can Dance." I haven't watched with any regularity, but I like watching couples dance all these different styles. I don't pay much attention to eliminations or even the judges' results. I really have only watched about ten minutes total of this show, but I should be able to watch more if I ditch AGT.

Of course, Rock Star: Supernova started tonight, so we had to watch that. We're only mildly bitter still that Marty didn't win last year, but he will do better on his own anyway. So when is Trees going to be on the radio?

Here are my initial thoughts--keeping in mind that I am a horrible singer and am amazingly critical considering how little talent I myself have.

Chris (Roxanne)--Ouch. We were just talking about how the judges on this show are too nice and just say "Rock on, baby." Then they come out and kick this guy's ass. Granted, his version of Roxanne sucked. But I don't like the song anyway, so that may just be me.

Dana (I'm The Only One)--She was good, but I worry about how she's going to get corrupted by the likes of Tommy Lee.

Dilana (Lithium)--How can I defy the Dark Lord of the Sith? She was pretty badass. I liked it.

Jenny (Nickelback)--Pretty girl with a great body, but her voice had no depth. Plus, she couldn't hit the high notes. And Nickelback doesn't even have high notes.

Jill (Piece of My Heart)--She is really tiny. But she had a big voice. Interesting Shakira vibe going on.

Josh (She Talks to Angels)--I like this song, and he didn't butcher it too much. He looked like Tommy probably looked in college, before the drugs.

Lukas (Billy Idol)--He was kind of scary and garbled, but I can see how he would be mysterious. His eye makeup gives me the creepies. He looks a bit like a fetus. But he seemed pretty cool and collected.

Magni (Satisfaction)--Not too impressed. I fast forwarded through much of his performance, but he looked kind of awkward onstage.

Matt (Yellow)--I wanted to like it because he looks like Giovanni Ribisi, and I like this song. But I couldn't get behind it. I am hoping for better next week.

Patrice (I don't remember which song)--She was good. Looks like Jodie Foster. Not incredibly memorable, but solid.
Phil (Cult of Personality)--I think by the time he performed, the judges were getting bored and tired, because they were getting less enthusiastic with their praise. Tommy looked like he wanted to crawl in the other guy's lap for a nap or something. I don't know this song, but he looks like part of a lanky rock star.

Ryan (Iris)--I guess he was good, but I fast forwarded through him also. I just don't know that you want to make your first impression with this kind of song, even though it looked like he rocked out at the end.

Storm (The Pinball Wizard)--She looks fun. I thought she was good, and she seemed to be having a good time listening to the other performers. Her name is Storm? Seriously?

Toby (Knockin' on Heaven's Door)--Again, kind of a slow song to start with, but I thought he was pretty good.

Zayra (Bring Me To Life)--After the beginning, we FF'd it. I couldn't understand why she would wear such an awful outfit. I'd stop and listen to the song once in a while, but I wasn't too impressed.

Any thoughts? Opinions? I have to say the ladies have the first round. We'll see next week!

(2 IOs | OH)

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
11:15 am - Jennifer Without Pity
So it is summer, the wasteland of bad television. And since my schedule has been so random this past month, I've been home many evenings to watch all of it.

America's Got Talent... Um, apparently not. Some of the stuff that I have seen is okay, like that ventriloquist that could do the Godzilla movies, but some of the crap is ridiculous. That six year old comic can be commended on her sass, but she was not funny. I saw her on the Tonight Show and didn't think she was funny then. She also has that problem that a lot of comics have, which is shouting "jokes," which makes my head hurt. That random guy from this week that wore all that glitter and balanced the sword was scary to watch. I was afraid he was going to die, first from stabbing, then from crying glitter into his mouth and choking.

Last Comic Standing... I was sad that Bil Dwyer got kicked off, just because he's funny on VH1, but his act was not funny. I was so glad Joey Gay was voted off because he has the shouting problem, but about twenty times worse than the six year old. Watching his act stressed me out because I felt like I was being yelled at. I like Chris Porter and the girl who looks like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons.

Hell's Kitchen... This show is pretty awesome. The people suck, Gordon is insane, the food looks kind of gross. And everything always happens for the FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY IN HELL'S KITCHEN. Sara is the devil incarnate, though. I actually do think that it is the first time I have seen someone blatantly sabotage her own team.

Other miscellaneous things:

Ricky Bobby NASCAR commercials are hilarious.

I love watching cooking shows.

We've been getting people into Battlestar Galactica. It is a great show. Don't be discouraged because it is a Sci-Fi show. It's not overly Sci-Fi. It's more like a drama that just takes place in space. Give it a try! Ryan and I were not so much into it at first, especially the mini-series because we didn't know what was going on, but then we really got into the series. Then when you go back and watch the mini-series, it is so much cooler because you know all the little inside things they are talking about.

Well, out to enjoy the sunny day... maybe out by the pool. :)

(3 IOs | OH)

Monday, June 26th, 2006
8:26 pm - Day to day...
Well, work is being a big old biznatch. I think I am having some mild manic-depression about all my responsibilities at work. Sometimes I don't mind it at all, but recently, it has seemed like nothing is fun anymore. We haven't had any good news to tell our people for quite a while, and morale is pretty low. I am getting rather disheartened by some of the lack of understanding and appreciation by certain people at work as well. Not that I need some excessive praise for anything that I am doing. To be sure, it's part of my job, so I don't expect anything, but I can not believe how selfish some people are. It is only about me, me, me. We bend over backwards to accomodate these people, and they don't even say thank you because they think it is their right. Of course, we want to make work as painless as possible, but I don't think I should have to spoonfeed every little thing to people.

Anyway, last week was actually kind of fun, since there was a management workshop Thursday night. We got to eat a nice salad dinner (they let you pick your choices along with a meat choice of beef, salmon, or chicken and then mixed it all up for you) and then an awesome chocolate fountain dessert. We had a team-building competition to build little models out of wood. I was a champ--I think I missed my calling. Anyway, there was also free beer and wine, and it's always fun to see people older than me just as, if not more, excited about a free drink. Afterwards, I met up with Ryan at the Headley ranch to see Ross who was in town for the weekend.

Friday night was pretty tame. We went to Blake's on campus to have some enjoyments. We played a little Texas Hold 'Em (which I totally suck at). Then Saturday, I went to Kinsale to work out with my mom. I love that place. If I was loaded, I would join that place. I love the fluffy towels and individual fans on each of the machines. Then we went to ComFest, which is always an interesting time. I had a good time people watching and dog watching. Afterwards we went to Blake's and ordered wings, but Ryan passed out before they arrived. He did get up in time to eat some and pass out again on the way home.

Sunday we just had a cookout here and watched the BSG mini-series. I think we got some more people hooked on it, which is awesome. Good food, great times. Then I tried on some of my old band dance dresses and bridesmaid dresses since I have a black tie optional wedding to go to this summer, and I was delighted to find that they still fit. I can't breathe quite as easily as before in them, but they still fit, darn it!

Today, work was a bear. After swimming through dozens of emails, I tried to get some monitoring done, but I just wasn't in the mood. My eyelid kept twitching today, which was pretty distracting. I think when I got up this morning, I thought it was a lot later than it really was. And instead of the sensible things to do of either working out (and making use of the time) or going back to bed, I just sat around. Not so good. It seems like a lot of the fun people at work either aren't going to be there much longer, or are so unhappy that it makes me unhappy. Maybe I'm just in a complaining mood because right before I got to work I heard that crap "I write sins not tragedies" song, and it has been going through my head. I don't even know what the song is supposed to be about, but it just sucks.

Now I'm just rambling. I need a vacation something pretty awful. And that when I come back from vacation, everything is normal again, not this sickness in the pit of my stomach feeling every morning.

(3 IOs | OH)

Sunday, June 18th, 2006
8:57 am - I love you... most ardently.
We watched Pride and Prejudice Friday night. Although initially we had the most difficult time understanding the giggly girls talk, once I started to remember the story more, I really enjoyed it. I have to say, I always love a good rain soaked confession of love. I think I have rewatched that scene five times since seeing the movie. Keira was really good in that role--a very good Elizabeth Bennett. And this Mr. Darcy held up pretty well to the standard set forth by Colin Firth in the BBC version.

Marci and Matt got married yesterday! What a fun time! Everything seemed so relaxed from the get-go. At least she had seemed relaxed through the planning process, trying to make things pretty casual, yet fun for all. She didn't have any bridesmaids, except her sister as her attendant and Matt's sister as his. A couple of us went to the reception area in the morning to get things set up, which went really smoothly since the place didn't require much at all. The ceremony was very nice and personal since Marci has known the pastor for a long time. It was very touching. Perhaps because I had just seen Pride and Prejudice, but I was pretty teary-eyed throughout the whole thing. After the ceremony was over, it was time to party! As I was telling people at the wedding, Marci has a great ability to keep in touch with people, so I kept seeing people that I really had lost contact with a long time ago. But it was great to see all the people that Marci means so much to--especially Matt!--enjoy the day. I probably had a little too much to drink, thanks to some pregaming at a sports bar before the ceremony, but I hope I didn't make too much of an ass out of myself (aside from knocking someone's plate out of his hand--doh!). And now they are off to Hawaii to enjoy the sand and surf (and hopefully some sun!) before coming back and figuring out where they are going to live. Best wishes to two amazing friends!!!

(OH)

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
8:08 am - Fun things to do instead of working out...
I saw this on James Gunn's MySpace (which is pretty funny, as is Jenna Fischer's--Pam from The Office). Go to myheritage.com and upload a picture of yourself. It uses photo scanning technology and can tell you which celebrity you look like. Here's how I did with one random picture:

Judy Garland 68% (what?)
Zhang Ziyi 64% (I wish!)
Margaret Cho 62%
Anita Mui 59% (Any clue who this is?)
OJ SIMPSON 58% (WTF??)
Toni Morrison 57%
Liu Xiang 55% (this is a man, so, yeah)
Heather Locklear 55%
Bic Runga 54%
Suzanne Vega 54%

Ryan is:

Matthew Fox 61%
Tom Cruise 58%
Michael Phelps 56% (fuck m*ch*g*n! And he wasn't even doing his Michael Phelps impression in the photo!)
Luis Figo 56%
Robert Plant 56%
Drew Barrymore 55% (except it's this random baby picture of her... odd)
Lance Armstrong 53%

I did this one picture of Ryan and I from the band dance a couple years ago that I thought was a good picture of us. Interestingly:

Me:
Diana Ross 72%
Brandy 72%
Michelle Rodriguez 68%
Alizee 66%
Kristen Kreuk 66%
Zhang Ziyi 63%
Beyonce Knowles 60%
Tata Young 60%
Gong Li 59%
Paris Hilton 58% (kill me, please)

Ryan:
Harvey Keitel 73% (this is also an old picture of Harvey)
Paul Walker 72%
The Rock 70%
Jacque Villenueve 66%
Fred Ward 62%
Timothy Dalton 58%

This is kind of fun. Most of my pictures are on another computer, so I will have to try some more random pictures later of our friends. Try it! It's like crack cocaine addicting!

(3 IOs | OH)

Sunday, June 4th, 2006
4:15 pm - Two recipes for yumminess...
Try these delicious and easy recipes straight out of the Columbus Dispatch Food Section. What I dig about these is that you you don't need anything too crazy for either of these, especially the dessert. Many people will have most of the ingredients already in their pantries.

Chicken and Lime Soup
(Makes 6 servings)

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 limes
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste (I use those McCormick grinders, which are awesome--I have the sea salt grinder and the peppercorn medley grinder)
  • 6 cups canned low-salt chicken brother (Use more if you add pasta and want more broth)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Crumbled tortilla chips for garnish (optional, but definitely recommend it!)

Spray the chicken breasts with cooking spray. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat broiler. Grill or broil chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes to a side. Remove from heat. Cool slightly. Dice chicken.
Meanwhile, bring brother to a simmer. Add bell pepper, garlic, and carrot. cook over low heat 15 minutes. Add zucchini and corn. Cook 5 minutes longer. Add chicken, juice from remaining limes and tomatoes. Simmer about 2 minutes to heat through.
Stir in cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with tortilla chips, if desired.

So if you like limes and cilantro (like the rice at Chipotle), try this soup. I usually add a bit of tiny pasta like ditalini to make it heartier. I also find that everything takes a little longer to cook than what the recipe states, but that may also be because I am terrified of undercooked meat and I dry everything out by overcooking it.

And because this soup is so healthy, you can have this very rich cookie bar for dessert:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
Makes 24 bars

  • 1 package (18.25 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted (I usec less than half of the butter that is called for, or else you can do 1/2 butter, 1/2 applesauce thing. However, I did not try that for this recipe, so I can't guarantee what may happen if you use it)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (I used fat-free)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (I think I used 1/2 to 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened grated coconut, thawed (optional--I did not try this)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional--I also skipped this)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Place cake mix, peanut butter, melted butter, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop machine and scrape down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Mixture will be thick. Reserve 1&1/2 cups for the topping. Transfer remaining mixture to 13-by-9 inch pan. Using your fingertips, press crush evenly over bottom of pan so that it reaches all sides.
For the filling, place chocolate chips, condensed milk, and 2 tablespoons butter in a medium-size heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is well-combined, 3 to 4 minutes (usually it takes a little longer, but make sure the chocolate does not burn!). Remove pan from heat. Stir in coconut and pecans, if desired, and vanilla until well-distributed. Pour chocolate mixture over crust and spread it evenly with rubber spatula so that it reaches the sides of the pan. Using your fingertips, crumble reserved peanut butter mixture evenly over chocolate.
Bake cake until it is light brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool for 30 minutes. cut cake into 24 bars. Remove bars from pan with a metal spatula and serve.

I have some dietary information from the paper on these, but I'm not sure how accurate they are due to the modifications I made on the recipes.

So that's that. Let me know what you think of these if you try them. Maybe I'll post some more recipes of things that I have tried and some people kind of liked.

(OH)

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006
9:21 pm - The pigs have taken flight...
First the one-shouldered shirt. Then the gauchos. Now, I have finally gotten a pair of flip-flops. I have been adamantly against flip-flops for the longest time, like I have been against capri pants. I probably just didn't like how dirty people's feet got when they wore flip flops. But I think I got a sturdy pair that I can wear for whatever. Caryn said I needed summer shoes, so I got some summer shoes.

I'm watching Lollilove. It's pretty funny--probably because I love Jenna Fischer. She and her husband (James Gunn) seem pretty down to Earth--they post pretty regularly on MySpace, even though MySpace is trashy. Seriously, have you seen "To Catch a Predator" on Dateline?

It's been a pretty tame weekend. I feel like I should work on stuff for work, but I can't think of what. I hope to get over that feeling soon, because I am not supposed to work on stuff at home (so my coworkers tell me). I worked out a lot today, but my foot is really starting to hurt. I'm not sure if it's from shoes or running, but the side of my foot that was bothering me before is getting pretty bad now. Maybe it is a stress fracture? Maybe I have to take a break from running--not that I haven't been for the past couple weeks already! I can't believe that I actually ran a half-marathon two months ago, because I definitely couldn't now. It sucks how quickly you get out of shape.

Well, back to sitting around on the couch!

(OH)

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
1:36 pm - The good old days...
I had taken today off in anticipation of going on a day trip with some friends, but that did not end up happening, so I am spending the day cleaning and running errands, just like I used to do on my days off. It's nice. Since I have been taking some time to actually read, shop, and be with friends, I have felt better about my job. I think I definitely was getting too invested in work and putting everything on myself to make everyone happy. I just need to learn to pick my battles, which I am still not able to do. Like the reason why I posted my last entry. Normally I would think that this is something so stupid and whiny, but we decided to try to fix the situation and it ended up working out. I just dislike spending so much time on a small thing like that. Anything for the people, I guess.

So does anyone remember my awesome feat July 4th of 2005, where I found a set of keys in the middle of a park late at night? I performed a similar task this weekend at Ryan's parents' house. We had to find a copy of Ryan's birth certificate for a trip he is taking later, but Mrs. Stocker was not quite sure where it was. She figured it was in a large plastic storage container (to protect it from moisture) in his baby book. We went through several boxes in the basement (the storage area in the basement is vast), but no luck. They were on the verge of just getting another certified copy and having it mailed to Ryan, which of course made my miserly, penny pinching self resolve more firmly to find it. Eventually, I saw a plastic bin that we hadn't looked in, and we found it! It ended up not taking that long, considering I had no idea what it was supposed to look like. But this has convinced me that if you hire me to find something, I'll find it! This does not work for myself, though, since I can't find a couple of my own things that are definitely in our small apartment somewhere.

We played frisbee golf last night, which was fun. They made a new course at Glacier Ridge Park--a really nice one except for the fact that half the course is probably overrun with poison ivy. The first half of the course is pretty deeply imbedded in the forest. Ryan is a definite natural. I'm still tossing my disc halfway into the trees on every other throw. Ah well--with this course, I'll have plenty of opportunities to hone my mad skills.

Well, I should get to cleaning and making the most of the day that I have off while all you suckers work. Ha! :P

(OH)

Monday, May 22nd, 2006
10:29 pm - To paraphrase The Matrix Reloaded...
I am so tired of their bullshit.

Seriously. I understand that a job is a source of income and should provide some enjoyment, but the extent to which some people are selfish is kind of disheartening. I suppose this is a very self-centric society where everyone is used to getting what they want. I admit that if someone messes with my settings on my computer, I get a little mad, but I get over it. People just love to complain, I guess. And I get to be the one who hears it all. Boo.

I'm reading a little bit more, which has helped me a bit. I went shopping as well, which also made me feel like a normal human being again. I went to a bridal shower Friday night where they had a relaxation masseuse, which fully convinced me that I need to treat myself to a deep tissue massage sometime. Sometime when I'm not so stingy. :) Then I went to the symphony with my mom Saturday night, which was great except for this sniffling kid behind us. I felt like turning around and handing him a tissue or anything, but it didn't sound like he was stuffy--maybe it was a cocaine problem. Anyway, there was a pianist who played variations on the theme from Paganini, which was cool. I had heard that theme before (Andrew Lloyd Webber's brother Julian played a piece ALW composed for him on the cello at his 50th birthday concert), so that was fun to hear.

Sunday was pretty awesome. We got to see Frank Caliendo at the Funny Bone. We had seen his act on DVD before, and he had a lot of similar material, but it was still fun. The opening act was pretty good as well. I got Frank's CDs and DVD--all autographed--and even saw some old friends from TBDBITL there. I just wish it had been Saturday night when we went--then I wouldn't have felt so bad about drinking so much. But it was good times all around.

This week should be interesting. I'm doing the early shift for most of the week, then I have a four-day weekend. Love those vacations.

(1 IO | OH)

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
11:46 pm - We can't jump the tracks; we're like cars on a cable...
So what's up?

Nothing much here. Went to Louisville and visited Churchill Downs, the homeplaces of the Kentucky Derby. Horses are marvelous creatures. I have always loved horses. Born in the year of the horse I was. Then we went to Nashville, where we went to Opry Mills, the Opryland Hotel, the Grand Ole Opry, and other Nashville sites, like the Parthenon, which I could "random." We spent one night in Cincinnati on the way back from Nashville, so I got to see my friends who are at school at UC. Despite staying in an extremely sketchy part of town, we had a great time. First we went to Dewey's pizza, and I don't think I've ever laughed so hard about salad in my life. (Our friend Dave highly recommended the candied walnut salad, so we all ordered it, while Dave ended up ordering the house salad. You had to be there. And know these people.) Then we went to the Argosy Riverboat Casino in Indiana. That was an interesting experience. They had a smoke free section, which was very considerate, but it was about two feet away from the smoking section, so rather pointless. We all played a couple nickel slots, and Marci ended the night winning $2 at the big wheel game. We all cheered really loudly for her when she won, which makes me smile just thinking about it, because it was $2. Which we promptly lost during the next spin of the wheel. The next morning, we went to a yoga class, which was really cool--I got to see what some truly devoted people can do. Pretty amazing stuff. Then we had a picnic at some park (where you had to pay to park: $2 for the day, $5 for the year... Too bad I was in a rental car, or else I would have gotten the super bonus deal, even though it's unlikely I'll go there again). I got to play frisbee golf for the first time, which was super fun, even though I suck at it!

Hrm... Work is very busy. I'm still learning a lot, but I think I spend half the day in email jail, the other half panicking about what I'm supposed to be doing next. I will be much more relaxed when our sites merge, I think. The staff will be happier, and we'll actually be the one team we're supposed to be, instead of this "us/them" mentality. I feel slightly more able to make decisions and answer questions, but I'm still clueless about 60% of the time, mainly due to some inconsistency in policies. I guess I can play the "I'm new at this" card a while longer. Other than that, I feel like a glorified administrative assistant with a license, but I don't mind that. I love the task oriented, organizational part of the job, as well as working with so many different people. It's a good time overall and I don't regret taking the job.

We're still watching Battlestar Galactica. We have 3 more episodes to see of the second season, then we'll be in withdrawal for a long time. But at least I don't have to freak out anything I think I'll see something that will ruin the finale for me. We watched the miniseries again over Easter weekend, and it was so awesome to watch. Much better after having seen the series and knowing actually who the characters are and what the lingo means. Kind of like watching The Lord of the Rings without having read the books and not knowing what the heck half the words/locations are. Anyway, Battlestar is a frakking cool show. Check it out sometime.

I'm currently addicted to XBox 360--but not the actual games that you'd normally think when considering XBox. We have a couple of arcade-type games that you can download, and while Ryan is the true champ of the games like Hexic, Bejeweled, and especially Geometry Wars, I am having a super fun time playing the games. Love it! I'll probably be sad when Halo 3 comes out and Ryan actually uses it for real games. I'll have to sneak down at 3 am to get my Hexic fix.

At work, they are promoting a lot of wellness stuff, which is good because ours is not exactly a very fitness oriented job, and lots of people could stand to get more fit. I'm kind of excited to learn about nutrition and stuff, even though I know a bit already. Ever since my gym closed for renovations, I've had to drive out further to a sister club to work out, and I think it has been a positive change. Sure, it's a pain in the ass and the pocketbook to drive more than the 2 miles to my old gym, but because I feel like it's more effort, I've tried to get more out of my workouts. So instead of just running when I'm there, I'll do some balance ball and weightlifting. I have done a couple classes there also and may try to incorporate more pilates. I think pilates kind of sucks because I never feel like I've actually worked out after doing it, but I think my muscles probably need a bit of lengthening or whatever pilates is supposed to do. I think I work too hard doing yoga and running that I am getting a little bulky instead of looking lean and toned. But it could also be all the cookies.

Well, that's all I can think of for now. I hope to some day write more random observations and stuff like before instead of just schedules of what I've done, but things have been too busy to actually notice things, like the fact that it's May already! Holy cow!

(1 IO | OH)

Saturday, April 1st, 2006
3:56 pm - I did it!
Well, I finished the half-marathon today! I was cruising pretty easy-peasy nice and easy for the first 8 miles (at about 9:20), but I was hurting by mile ten. I had to stop and walk a couple times, so I finished at a little over ten minutes per mile. I'm pretty sore right now, but I am glad that I actually made it across the finish line in one piece.

I think if I train more, I could do a little better next year. I definitely underestimated the importance of proper training. The most I had ever run until the race was ten miles and that was four weeks ago. I kind of followed the training schedule, but not very diligently. I am thankful that I don't think I hurt anything, so that's good.

Now it's time for a big old nap!

(2 IOs | OH)

Saturday, March 11th, 2006
3:18 pm - I know you wanna taste it, but I'ma make you chase it...
I have been rather delinquent in updating this. I can't really say there has been much going on, except my new duties at work. It has definitely been challenging, but I do enjoy it. It certainly is different than before--I have to get used to the fact that I have to leave work sometimes when there is still work to do. I still get the feeling that this is just a little project that I'm doing at work and that I'll have to go back to the phones eventually. March has been especially busy with reviews, schedules, audits, meetings, and other busywork. I have hit the ground running with this, but I think I'm doing a decent job keeping up and learning without being too much of a burden to anyone.

We went to Old Man's Chalets last weekend, which was a nice break from everything going on here. Just sitting around in a hot tub, drinking, dacing like fools. I would like to get a big group of people to do something like that again. Maybe one day I will actually plan one of these big idea trips that I keep having.

So in other news, Battlestar Galactica is fracking cool. I've been running still, but not as regularly as I should if I want to do a race. I got The Office Theme on my phone as my ringtone, so I am very happy about that. Ryan showed me how to turn any mp3 into a ringtone, so I will have some fun with that. I'm not quite creative enough to make "FASHION BUG" from Tourette's Guy into a ringtone like Ryan, though. If you have any ideas, let me know. There are lots that I could buy that I like, but I'm too cheap to do that if I can make them myself.

(3 IOs | OH)

Sunday, February 26th, 2006
10:00 pm - Dancing with the Stars!
WOOOOOOO!!! DREW LACHEY!!!!! WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Now let's see how badly Mer has screwed up by using George.

(OH)

Thursday, February 16th, 2006
1:05 pm - Frakking work...
I think these new things at work are going to kill me. I'm suddenly turning into a workaholic that can't leave work after an eight hour day, yet seem to get nothing done for large spans of time while at work. I think I will be relieved when I get to my regular schedule, even though working until early evening five days a week won't be as fun. At least I won't have to worry about traffic, working out after work, or people bugging me all day. :) My boss asked my coworker during our meeting yesterday, "What's going on here? It's been two weeks and she's still smiling? What are you doing to her!" It was funny.

So we've been on a good run of watching Battlestar Galactica, which is a good show so far. Very interesting stuff going on, but what is the Cylon plan?! Plus, I just found out that Television Without Pity recapped the show, so I've been spending some time reading the ones that I've seen instead of working out, which is stupid, but fun.

When we are not watching Battlestar Galactica, I've been the regular Olympics groupie that I always am. I get really emotional about Pairs Figure skating for some reason. Just watching the pairs and having the couple that had that horrible accident win was really touching. Then they were on the Today show the next day, and I even got a little teary then. Wow, that is lame. Anyway, my favorite couple of all time was Gordeeva and Grinkov (1988 and 1994 Gold Medalists)--they were magical. It was so sad when he died so suddenly.

(OH)

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