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Random Highlights August 7, 2009

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  • I just read the Time magazine article on exercise and it’s apparent counter productiveness and I actually feel very relieved.  Not because I want to stop my regime (I actually feel better than I have in a long time) but because I have been a LOT hungrier lately and could not for the life of me figure out why.  Now I feel a bit better and strangely less hungry… hoorah for psychosomatic tendencies!
  • Casual Fridays are frequently my dressiest day at work.  M and I have been trying new places around DC because we both work in the city now, and going back home only to come back makes no sense.  We’re going to a restaurant that was recommended on behalf of its fabulous drinks and not too pricey food, so I’m quite excited.
  • Two of M’s sister’s friends who have become my friends came over last night for dinner.  One of them, Lainey, asked when M and I are getting married.  I smiled and told her she would have to ask him, and he was playing Wii Tennis, so his response was something along the lines of “uh…I dunno…OH COME ON YOU STUPID ASSHOLE DAAAMMMITTTT FUUUUUCCK!”  He sure knows how to make the ladies swoon 😀
  • M’s sister is due in five weeks, and her baby shower is at the end of this month.  She and M continuously refer to the baby as my nephew, which hasn’t gotten any less strange.  Does anyone have a weird time dealing with being called “Aunt” or “Uncle” by their significant others family?  Maybe it’s just my aversion to children right now, because I frequently refer to her as my “sister-in-law” (but mostly because that term flows better in conversation than “my boyfriends sister”)  I truly believe that while I am ready for marriage and domestic bliss right now, M will be ready for kids possibly long before I am.  The whole concept truly just…freaks me out.  Watching people with babies is fun and cute until I picture myself with my own, and then I just feel nervous.  M’s cousin did this trick where she puts a necklace with a ring on it into your palm and lifts it up and down, and when she stops, the number of twists in the necklace is the number of children you’ll have.  M will apparently have two, and me?  Zero.  And part of me felt relieved.  I hope my feelings change.
  • We’re going to Atlantic City Saturday night.  M’s cousin is flying from Spain to El Salvador, and arranged a layover in DC that she extended for a few days so she can visit.  M and I wanted to go to New York, but we were the only ones, so we decided to go by ourselves one weekend before I start school again.  I’m excited.  I ❤ New York very much and would love to live there for a year or two someday, so visiting is always a chance to live vicariously through…myself for a few days.  Places to stay on the cheap, but nice and restaurant recommendations are always much appreciated 😀
  • I’m still kinda crazy about my job.  I have coworkers who I now consider friends.  I have more responsibilities, so I feel stressed but appreciated and I basically just really enjoy being there.  I feel content and pleased with the amount I get done and the praise I receive.  I’m truly happy and feel very, very lucky.

What’s randomly going on in your life/mind?

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Boredom food April 9, 2008

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This may come as a shock to anyone who’s read this blog, but I don’t have the most exciting life. (You’re floored! I knew it!) I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how to curb boredom, and I spend an inordinate amount of time online. I’m a nerd, whatevs.

So, just because I feel like it, here are ten of the (many) sites that keep me entertained on a daily basis. (I’m not listing blogs because, um *ahem*…look to your right. It’s pretty clear I like a good blog.)

(I’m also going to describe the sites as if you don’t know what they are. But I hope you do cause they are AWESOME!)

1. Television Without Pity (or TWoP)
I’ve lurked and delukred at this site since it was Mighty Big TV when I was a sophomore in high school. I adore this site. I spend more time on it than pretty much anything else. It has recaps (with an inventory of many cancelled shows that are fun to go back and read). My favorite part of the site is the forums, which are of basically every show currently and formerly on TV, and a bunch of new things that have come to be since the site was acquired by Bravo. One of my favorite forums is TV Potluck. Check it out!

2. Tvgasm

Another TV recap/forum site. The main difference between this site and TWoP is the hilarity of the recaps. I have seriously choked on nerds, spit out drinks and cried to keep from laughing out loud at some of them. The funniest recapper evaaaah was B-side (who also co-founded the site.) He doesn’t do recaps there anymore, but I HIGHLY recommend reading his recaps of Laguna Beach and The Hills in the archives, or scooting on over to his blog to read new recaps of The Hills. They’re fucking hilarious.

3. Jezebel

I’d be really surprised if you don’t know this site (or the other Gawker media sites), but just in case I thought I’d put it in because I love it, and you need to too if you don’t already!

4. Stumble Upon

Okay, not technically a site (it’s a browser that you need to download), but it’s seriously amazing. The PERFECT cure for boredom. I have found so many great sites using the little stumble icon that I never would have known about otherwise, such as…

5. Musicovery

Kinda like pandora except it doesn’t limit you to the number of songs you can listen to in an hour, which is helpful if there are a string of “no”‘s. Also, every song it plans to play will show up on the screen at once, which allows you to jump around and find great new music. It’s a little redundant, but I like it anyway.

6. Quick Silver Screen

Free movies, including new releases and good older stuff. You may need to download Veoh (which is also awesome and handy), and need to put up with French or Japanese subtitles, but it’s free, and really, what beats that?

7. Tricia Sawyer and Ask Me Makeup

I have this weird obsession with watching people do makeup. Tricia Sawyer is a makeup artist who is known for doing tons of 80’s music videos and makeup for Sharon Stone, Scarlett Johansen, and Brittany Murphy (among others.) She has a makeup line and tons of how-to videos on her site for free.

I found Ask Me Makeup on youtube. This girl is INCREDIBLE (and adorable.) She makes it look so easy and offers great product tips.

8. Overheard

The two main sites are Overheard in the Office and Overheard in New York. Both are hilarious. Nuff said.

9. The Onion

This is my home page at work and on my laptop. Satirical newspaper that is so. damn. funny. And sometimes slightly offensive. But mostly hilarious.

10. Rotten Tomatoes

I dream of being one of the “cream of the crop” someday. Movie reviews and critiques gathered from websites and newspapers from all over the country, as well as movie info, trailers, interviews and cool links. Also, I’ve found it to be much more accurate than IMDB.

What are some of your favorite sites?

Random February 26, 2008

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I had a dream the other night that I slept with a guy who works in my office. A very nice, very cool, very married guy. Now I feel weird and guilty whenever I see him which has made for some awkward conversations.

M and I saw Atonement the other night. I read the book a couple years ago, then again last week in preparation for the movie. Both are so good. I was amazed at how carefully the movie follows the book. Both hit you like a punch in the face at the end. I haven’t cried like that in a long time, just openly weeping. So, naturally I’m going to see it again tonight. I saw Titanic for the first time when I was 12. I remember I started to cry about halfway through the movie (because I read in a magazine that Jack died at the end) and literally didn’t stop until THREE HOURS after I got home. I was choking back sobs the entire walk out of the theater and to the car. It was ridiculous. But the most ridiculous part? I SAW IT FOURTEEN MORE TIMES. In the theater. I will give my prepubescent self a little credit and say that by the fifteenth viewing I had my crying limited to the last thirty minutes.

M and I talked about movies that make you cry every time you watch them after Atonement, and I couldn’t shut up for a good 20 minutes. I was all “My Girl!” “Braveheart!” “The Land Before Time!” “ET!” “Ordinary People!” “Little Women!” “Forrest Gump!!””Charlotte’s Web!” This started a conversation about “why the HELL are kids movies so sad??” Seriously, why are they? A parent always dies. Or Old Yeller? THE KID HAD TO SHOOT HIS DOG! What. the. hell??

I cry at everything though. Seriously. I cried at The Exorcist. Didn’t it seem like no one cared that the nice priest died? I wanted to slap the mom.

I’m 99% sure the barista at Starbucks forgot to put espresso shots in my macchiato. Needless to say, it tastes a little strange.

I wanna shop for spring clothes. Badly. I’m already spending my tax return in my head. Supposing I get one, that is.

Oh yeah, I also need to file my taxes this week.

And I should probably get to work. Bleh.

Ok, I was just on gchat with Anna, who is telling me all about her new job.  Her new office, that she’s getting a laptop, and she got a box full of office supplies.

My boss just casually stopped by my desk and then walked down the hall.  Then the smell hit.  Oh yes, he FARTED in front of my desk!

Life is not fair.

weekend recap (aka I have nothing else to write about) February 11, 2008

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The anniversary was sweet and low-key and full of little surprises (sweet email, flowers, dinner at a place we went to a few years ago that I LOVED, a freaking 8 GB IPOD NANO with a cute pink case!!) Over dinner we held hands and talked about our favorite memories, and quoted Arrested Development to make each other laugh. It was pretty perfect.

I’ve already uploaded a bunch of songs and three episodes of Gossip Girl onto my ipod, and I may or may not try to sneak watching them at work today. Portable TV shows…best present EVER!

I ordered a new phone this morning.  Not only is it pink.  Not only does it have every thing I want in a phone.  It was also FREE.  Doesn’t get better than that, am I right?

Also, the strike being pretty much over? Words cannot describe how elated I am. Though Friday Night Lights not filming any more episodes for this season or possibly EVER?? I will cry. HARD. if that show does not come back.

We went to see my sister in The Vagina Monologues on Saturday. She was great (as usual), but honestly? I don’t really get all the hype. About the play or vaginas. I spent most of it feeling uncomfortable. And talking about sex does not phase me at all. Different strokes I suppose.

It’s 19 degrees outside. And Monday. Le sigh..

Hope you had a good weekend 😀

What the hell? October 22, 2007

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I just saw a commercial for car mp3 players that play when you talk at them.  HOW LAZY ARE WE???  People can’t push a damn button themselves?  “I can’t lift my poor arm and move it a foot in front of me.  It’s just…too..far…”

Boy, the way Glen Miller played.
Songs that made the Hit Parade.
Guys like us, we had it made.
Those were the days!
Didn’t need no welfare state.
Everybody pulled his weight
Gee, our old LaSalle ran great.
Those were the days!
And you knew where you were then!
Girls were girls and men were men.
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
People seemed to be content.
Fifty dollars paid the rent.
Freaks were in a circus tent.
Those were the days!
Take a little Sunday spin,
go to watch the Dodgers win.
Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin.
Hair was short and skirts were long.
Kate Smith really sold a song.
I don’t know just what went wrong!
Those Were the Days!

(If you know what show that’s the theme for, I dub thee awesome.)

Oh bother… October 22, 2007

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It’s very, very strange that certain things seem to be contagious.  My bff’s friend had a realky bad toothache last week and needed a root canal, and when she told me I remember thinking “man, it’s been a while since I’ve been to the dentist, I hope something like that doesn’t happen to me.”  Sure enough, Saturday night one of my teeth started throbbing, and now I can barely chew.  I scheduled an appointment for tomorrow morning to have it checked out and get a cleaning.  I’m kinda glad, cause it’s been a LONG time since I’ve been to the dentist (gross, I know, but I don’t have insurance!  And I floss and use mouthwash every day!)  It’s those damn macchiatos and my addiction to all things sugary.  Now I’m going to be one of those people who brings a toothbrush and floss into work and have at it when I eat anything. 

The sucky thing is that the dentist is not cheap.  At all.  And even if I can set up a payment plan…I’m kinda screwed.  Meh…what else is new right now?

M and I decided to put El Salvador on hold.  His mom is going for four months, which I’m kind of happy about (cause it’ll finally feel like MY house, instead of M’s family’s house, and let’s face it, in-laws can be a pain) and kind of angry about because we need to cover her part of the bills.  I have so many issues with bills and the house and his family, but I won’t get into them now.  I will focus on the good (I can cook and not feel guilty and not worry about being quiet upstairs and I’m saving money by not going to E.S. yet!) and say to hell with everything else.

The other day my BFF Jess and I had a conversation about why it’s so hard to just do what you know you should do.  Like, I should save money…so why do I go shopping for stuff I don’t need?  If I want to look like I want I should go to the gym and not eat that…but I always say “tomorrow.”  I should really study today so I don’t need to stay up all night later this week…but I just feel like watching The Office or I Love New York (which they plan over and over and over) so I just won’t.  Why do we make things so difficult for ourselves?  My sister had this picture on her myspace that said “We all live in a hell we made for ourselves.”  It’s so damn true. 

Speaking of my sister, today is her 20th birthday!  I can’t wait until she’s 21.  We are going to drink like there is no tomorrow.  (Aren’t I a good influence? 😀 )

Gotta get to work…

Thoughts October 4, 2007

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I will miss Newport Harbor more than I will publicly admit.  I REAAAALLLY hope there is a second season.  Chrissy and Clay make my heart happy.  (How cuuuute was the initials in the dock thing?  Freaking adorable.)

Anna emailed me a part-time job description she found.  How awesome is she that she not only gives me the hours that are rightfully hers but also tries to find me another job?  ❤ x infinity.

I’m stumbling upon a lot of good music lately.  I heard Joshua Radin for the first time today (“The Fear You Won’t Fall” is my fav so far) and he is sooooo good.  Check him out!

How awesome was Elodie’s revenge to Heidi on The Hills?  I cackled harder than I really ever should.  I think I scared M.  He told me he hopes he never crosses me.  (Me: “Oh, you have NO idea” *evil smile*)

I figured out how to organize the office so it is awesome.  Seriously.  I just need to buy bookshelves and a DVD shelf (that matches the bookshelf!  And it’s $14.99!  IKEA is a godsend) and bring two mattresses over from my parents house and get some pillows and VOILA! perfect study/relax place.  I’m excited to have a project until work picks back up (*knock on wood*)

I guess my time would be better spent studying.  Until manana…

Random dreams October 2, 2007

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I have very vivid and random dreams.

Last night I dreamt that the world was being taken over by what seemed like zombies, but were actually rabid people.  The entire world went mad, save M, me and other random people.  Us “normal” folk were on a huge bus riding through what used to be our city, but was now total devastation (random fires, people fighting, what looked like a huge desert for some reason.)  M was preoccupied with saving the life of an attractive woman and I said “you would rather save her than me!  Maybe I’ll find someone who will save me!”  And he said “go for it” and opened the door to the bus.  Heartbroken, I stepped outside into a group of the rabid people who had those metal rakes that curve at the end.  They started beating me with the rakes until I died and M didn’t follow.  The last thing I saw was the bus speeding away.

I opened my eyes and glared at M.  He sensed I was looking at him and opened his eyes and smiled.  

K: How can you smile?
M: *confused frown*
K: You just let me die.
M: …what?
K: You didn’t even stop me.  You just opened the door.
M: What door?
K: The door to the bus!  You let the rabid homeless people kill me with rakes!
M: Rabid….what??
K: HOMELESS PEOPLE!  You sacrificed me for HER!
M: Who?
K: Oh you know who.
M: It was just a dream.  I think.  Right?  What are you talking about?
K: I’m slowly realizing it was just a dream, but the least you could do is apologize.
M: I’m sorry you seem to hate me even in your subconcious.
K: *rolling over* I’m not the one who let you get beat to death with a rake. 

When I was four I had a dream that Large Marge (from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure) got into a tomato fight with Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.  I have absolutely no idea why, but to this day (18 years later) I remember every detail and it still creeps me out. 

I’ve had at least one dream per week since I was a kid that I’m traveling through space… either by space ship or flying.  I have truly always assumed I will make it to the moon someday.

In the scariest dream I’ve ever had, I was deep-sea diving with my family.  We were down so deep it was completely dark.  We had headsets so we could talk to each other, and I tried to call out to them one by one until no one answered.  I heard a noise near me, and slowly turned and aimed my flashlight right into the mouth of a humongous shark. 

I did the cliched sit up and gasp in horror, was shaking for a good 20 minutes and felt nauseous all day.

During my sophomore and junior year in high school I had frequent dreams that the girlfriend of the guy I had a crush on killed him in various ways, and I attended his funeral(s) and found out he loved me.  It was weird.

I’ve had a handful of dreams where M is having sex with a gorgeous girl right in front of me.  I stay furious at him the entire following day.

I realize my dream last night and both prior and subsequent dreams may make it seem as though I have major jealousy and insecurity issues when it comes to M.  Not true.  I simply realize he is a catch and that if I could love him and want him like I do, other women could as well.  (Keep in mind, I never claimed I’m not possessive of him.  He is, after all, MINE!)

I frequently wake up crying or laughing because of dreams. 

I once dreamt that M and I broke up and I was dating someone new.  We had sex and I was completely devastated because I knew I didn’t want anyone but M.  (M is the only guys I’ve ever slept with.)  I woke up because I burst into tears.  It led to the first serious talk M and I have had about getting married.

I have weirder dreams when M and I switch sides of the bed.

Once my dreams had commercials.  Another time they had credits (with my name under “directed by”, “written by” and “starring.”)  It made me wonder if I watch too much TV.  (I laughed when I remembered there is no such thing.)

Monday Monday October 1, 2007

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I renewed my registration this morning.  $192.  SUUUUUCKED.  To add insult to injury, the credit card machine at the place I went to decided to stop working, so I had to sit there for a good 45 minutes thinking about the growing dent this weekend left on my bank account and how unfair life seems sometimes.  I’m such a whiner.  My life is great.  I need to suck it up.

I’m home now reading blogs, TWOP, celeb gossip and newspapers.  My room is a mess and I need to read, but my bed is super comfy and Roswell is on SciFi and I haven’t watched it in a good year (and I used to be OBSESSED with this show) so yeah…whatev.  I feel content.  It’s beautiful outside.  I wrote a short story last night for the first time in a few years.  It felt amazingly good.  I usually only write when I’m upset or depressed but yesterday I just started writing.  I think I may do that from now on.  Just write random blurbs and see what sticks.

Gonna watch TV.  I kinda love this 😀

Random (12?) September 18, 2007

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Not having the internet at work sucks.  I do try to be productive, and actually work on what I’m paid to work on, but I will admit that it’s nice to take the occassional break and surf.  Right now I’m miraculously connected to someone’s wireless connection through my laptop, and when I figure out who he is, I will give him a big smooch. 

Unless it’s this completely creepy guy who works for the bank upstairs and is apparently somewhat stalking me.  One day, back when M worked here full time, creepy guy was in the elevator when we got in to leave for the day.  Whenever I see him he blatantly stares (which is one of my biggest pet peeves), and I try to ignore it and be polite and basically just avoid him at all costs.  Anyway…M and I walk into the elevator, and he proceeds to STARE at me.  M notices, clears his throat, and steps in front of me.  Creepy guy then actually moves over to the corner of the elevator, completely ignoring M, and keeps staring.  It was the creepiest thing.  When the elevator stopped, M took my hand and nudged me so I would walk out before him, and then glared at the creepy guy, who smiled and told me to have a nice afternoon. 

I usually leave at three, and Anna leaves at four, so she comes to sit at my desk because it’s the reception desk, and my boss likes to have someone there at all times.  We keep the door to the office closed, but there is a long window so you can see who’s walking by or waiting for the elevator (which is right next to our office).  She called me on Friday to say that she noticed that someone was looking in through the window, and looked up to see creepy guy staring at her.  She said that he looked “hopeful”, saw that it was her, looked “disappointed” and then moved closer to the elevator so that she couldn’t see him.  She noted that this is super creepy because he works on the third floor, (we’re on the second), so he would have no reason whatsoever to be on our floor. 

He seems relatively harmless.  I’m just frankly disgusted with him because he’s older (in his 50’s) and married (his wife, who looks really sweet, brings him lunch) (Anna and I spend a lot of time staring out the window, I’m not stalking him as well).  We were appalled to see that he’s actually married and acts the way he does.

Really random story, but I saw him this morning, and he smiled his creepy smile and yea… he’s creepy.

Anyway…

I’m really enjoying my classes so far.  The professors are kicking my ass with all the reading they’re assigning, but I like to read, so I can deal.  We’re having really good discussions in my Critical Approaches to Literature class.  I just really hope I can keep up. 

Not much else is going on.  I’m trying to go to the gym more, which is difficult because of how much time I’ve spent studying lately, but hopefully I’ll figure out a schedule.  Now I gotta get to work and catch up on all the crap I couldn’t do the past few days (fun, fun).