eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
Next weekend we're having a Christmas party. I don't really think we're prepared. All of the decorations are up (save for my big china nativity) but the house needs major cleaning. I'm not sure what all food we're serving. I'm not even sure how many people are coming. This year's turnout looks to be pretty small, but that might actually make it a little easier.

My daughter is being a typical 3-year-old PITA. She won't eat her lunch, she won't take a nap, she won't follow directions. We were going to take her to the zoo this afternoon for their holiday light display, but she was being such a pain that we're not going any more. She tried to tell me that MDR was excited to go to the zoo. Nice try, kid. We're still not going because you're not being good. I know she's acting this way because she's tired and needs a nap. But if she'd only go to sleep instead of fighting us, perhaps then we might actually go. So it's her fault if it doesn't happen. Tough luck, kid.

I'm tired. This week has been hard because I've been sick since what, Tuesday? Major sinus congestion, coughing, sneezing, etc. Cut for gross stuff. ) So now I'm feeling better, which is good. My voice is still a bit goofy from too much coughing and I'm still congested, but I don't feel as if I'm going to collapse any longer, so that's good. The Scientist caught it as well, though he bounced back much faster than I did. Anyway, it's been a long week and this coming week won't be much better because of trying to get the house ready for the party. At least I can breathe now.

What else is going on? I saw Mockingjay Part 1 last week. I thought it was good. But I agree with every person who said this film consisted of middle, middle, and middle instead of a beginning, middle, and end. The entire film is setup for Part 2. If I hadn't read the books, I'd probably be pissed by this film. I also finally saw Edge of Tomorrow, or as they're now calling it on the Blu-Ray packaging, Live, Die, Repeat. Frankly, that title probably would have brought more people into the theater. I mean, come on, who doesn't want to watch a movie where Tom Cruise gets killed again and again and again? Especially when a bunch of those times are Emily Blunt putting a bullet directly in his head? But it's a good movie and I'd definitely recommend it. It's like Groundhog Day with aliens.

Anyway, that's life here. I hope you're all well.

LOL! The cat just popped a balloon accidentally. That was hilarious. Stupid cat.
eee1313: (Sesame Street Fever)
It's been a busy couple of days, and it's only Saturday afternoon. Yikes.

On Thursday after work I went to a local school to work the setup for their annual clothing and toy resale. For every two hours of volunteer work you do for the sale, you get to shop before the event actually opens. This year they've sweetened the deal, wherein if you work for six hours you get to shop the VIP sale, which used to only be open for the teachers at the school. Alas, between the Scientist and I we could only give four hours, which meant presale and no VIP sale. That said, we would have needed to take time off work to get to the VIP sale, anyway, so whatever. The only reason I feel I missed out was that someone had a set of four Frozen dolls that my daughter would have lost her shit over had I been able to get them. And they were three dollars. That's insane! I almost wonder if some parent gave those toys up to the resale as some sort of punishment to their child, because I cannot fathom selling four of those dolls for 75 cents a pop.

Anyway, last night was the presale and we got a crap-ton of clothing for VEE for the fall/winter season, which is good because right now I think we have four long-sleeved shirts that fit her. Not anymore! We also got her some books and some basic infant toys for the new baby for Christmas. He'll only be two months old when Christmas hits, so it's not as if he'll know he's missing out, but I'll feel badly if he doesn't get some kind of toy. So three "new" toys for $5 works for me.

So last night was very busy, hauling clothes around a school gym and then over to the Scientist's mom's so that we could leave some of the new stuff there with her, and then VEE would NOT go to sleep last night. She woke up crying twice, which is odd, but she's easily comforted so there you are. This morning she and I hung out and I did laundry while the Scientist hit up the last farmer's market of the year with his dad. Then we ran some errands, had lunch, and then it was his turn to work breakdown at the sale. While he was there, I took VEE to the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, which is part sanctuary for animals who can't be released back into the wild due to injuries, and part hospital for rehabilitating local animals. I used to go here a lot when I was a kid, as it was about a mile from my house. VEE really seemed to enjoy it and was none too happy when we left, but then she fell asleep in the car on the way home and has been out ever since. The Scientist is picking up pizza on the way home, so she'll be happy to see that when she wakes up (especially considering she barely ate her lunch).

Tomorrow we have a party in the afternoon for our friends' anniversary. They don't know the party is happening, so hopefully it'll be a good surprise for them. I got a text from the wife today asking about the resale, and then she informed me that someone broke into their house last night. They couldn't wrestle their giant flatscreen TVs off the walls (that's definitely a bonus for wall-mounting those suckers), but they took all the other electronics and all of her son's DVDs. She's livid about the latter more than anything else. As she said, "Who steals DVDs from a 3-year-old?" Really, how much can you get for an old copy of Elmo in Grouchland or whatever? That totally sucks. So hopefully this party tomorrow will boost their spirits a bit.

And in the meantime, we still have to clean the house before my parents arrive in a week or so. Ack. There needs to be more time in the day. (I say this as I sit here blogging. I am a bad person.)
eee1313: (Firefly - hey you)
Man, it has been FOREVER since I last updated. There's been both a lot and nothing going on in my life. Let's see how much I can remember and crank out in a limited amount of time...

So work continues. That's something. Morale at my office is absolutely TERRIBLE these days. I'm lucky that I have my boss as a boss, because he seems to be one of the only level-headed managers around these days. Everyone else is either hiding their heads in the sand or are completely oblivious to the fact that we're doing everything completely backwards lately, and that's not likely to turn us much of a profit. I mean, really, if we're not getting product out the door and in the hands of students, how can we stay in business? I really don't know.

I went to go see my parents in Michigan this past weekend. I think it's the first time we've seen each other since Christmas. There are phone calls all the time, but face-to-face visits are different. We went to the Gilmore Car Museum where my dad volunteers once a week as a docent. Despite the fact that he's been working there for about three years, this is the first time I've ever gone. I know absolutely nothing about cars other than "ooooh, pretty!" but I actually really enjoyed it. If you're ever in Central Michigan, I'd recommend checking it out.

There have been A LOT of trips to the zoo in weeks past. Many, many zoo trips. We actually upgraded our membership a while ago. My sister and her family get us a family pass every year for Christmas, and we definitely get our money's worth out of that. But a few weeks ago we got a letter from the zoo saying we could upgrade to the "family unlimited" pass for a prorated amount. So for an additional $35, we now get EVERYTHING at the zoo for free (save for food and souvenirs). VEE loves it, as this means unlimited rides on the carousel for her. We met up with one of my coworkers and her daughter a few weekends ago and in that one day we almost made our money back. We've also discovered now that the Scientist must smell delicious to stingrays, because whenever we go to the stingray petting pool they're all over him. I'm talking SWARMS of stingrays piling on each other to get to him. It's both hilarious and bizarre.

My pregnancy is coming along well. I'm officially in the second trimester now and I'm starting to show. At the same time, I'm also dropping weight like crazy. I think I'm one of the few people around who actually loses weight when pregnant. In the last month I've lost another 8 lbs. I think overall I've lost around 30 thus far. Rock on, me! Of course, it would be nice to actually EAT, but whatever. The baby can eat my food; I'll live off my fat like a polar bear. Anyway, all is well with Baby 2: Electric Boogaloo. Genetic tests have all come back clean. Next week I go in for my ultra-long ultrasound where they do all kinds of measurements and look for any abnormalities. We should find out the gender then.

I know I have so much else to talk about, but I just can't remember right now. Man, I stink. But I'm also tired, so there you are. I hope you're all well, and I miss you all very much and wish I had more time to play online with you all.
eee1313: (Golden Compass)
::points to icon:: I wish I had a polar bear that would let me ride on its back. Getting around these days would be much more fun. And a polar bear wouldn't need new tires, which is what's going on right now in my world. I'm at the car dealership getting 2 new tires. God bless the free wi-fi here.

So, what's going on with me? This past weekend I did something I've never done before: I went to Chuck E. Cheese. It was the Scientist's nephew's birthday, so that was the chosen venue. Good God, is that place loud! Growing up, there was a place near my house with a similar concept called Enchanted Castle. I thought Chuck E. Cheese would be the same, namely, the restaurant area would be separate from the arcade. Noooope. The poor adults are stuck right there in the middle of all that madness. But the kids had fun, and VEE had a blast in the toddler area. All she wanted to do was "drive" the Stuart Little car. Every day since then she's asked to go back to the birthday party. If only it weren't so loud, kid.

What else? Work has been weird lately. I thought morale was bad before, but it gets worse daily. More and more people openly vent about how they hate upper management, how they hate the way people aren't appreciated, etc. Except that no one is willing to leave because we have steady paychecks and insurance. I just want to be left alone to do my work. Right now I'm doing okay at work because they're letting me test InCopy with my favorite editor. It's nice to not feel stagnant with my skills. Thought I need to take advantage of the Lynda.com account I have for the rest of the month and do more tutorials for Photoshop and Illustrator.

My daughter is still obsessed with all things Peter Pan. We've watched the original Disney version and its sequel about a jillion times in the past week. Of course, she'll now be getting a plush Peter doll for either Valentine's Day or in her Eastser basket (depending on when it arrives in the mail). I guess we're not helping her obsession...

That's pretty much it for me. I hope you're all doing well and staying warm in this cold. An aside: today it's warmer in Alaska thanhere in Chicagoland. Wheeeeee!
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
Today marks the first official day of my Christmas vacation. I was really looking forward to sleeping in. Instead, some jerkface called my husband's cell phone at 6:50 a.m., let it ring just once, and it woke me up. This is my normal wake-up time! If the call had come in at, say, 4 a.m. I would have just gone back to sleep. But a phone call at the same time your alarm clock normally wakes you up just ruins everything because it's your normal schedule. So instead I got up and putzed around online a bit. Then the Scientist woke up and we spent the rest of the morning assembling the Fisher Price/Disney singing princess palace that Santa Claus will be delivering on Christmas morning. (Better us to get it ready in advance than to spend time trying to do it in the morning amongst all the Christmas fallout while she's begging to get her hands on it.)

The Scientist went out with his dad to H-Mart to get food for tomorrow night. His family's Christmas Eve tradition is to watch Christmas movies (usually White Christmas), play games, and eat Asian appetizers like pot stickers and crab rangoon. Then they're also getting Honeybaked ham for Christmas Day, and then the Scientist has to go to the Comcast HQ to return our cable box. Ever since Dec. 13 our cable has been randomly going out. The screen goes blank, the sound cuts out, and every now and again we can see either a blue or black negative image of what's on the screen. Yesterday we had a service call, and not 30 minutes after the guy left the problem started up again. VEE was watching Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and it looked like scrambled porn. No good. So the Scientist got fed up and is taking the box to them for an exchange. Hopefully this will solve the problem. I don't know what to do otherwise. Cut cable and go with Hulu? Beats me...

So today I had to run to Target to get cat food, and the place was packed with last-minute shoppers. (And yes, I'm still going to Target despite the security breach. I only use their credit card at the store, and so it's easy to tell what's my purchase and what's not. If it wasn't sold at Tinley Park or Woodridge, then I didn't make the charge. The end!) I was going to get supplies for baking, but I forgot to check what I had on hand and what I need. I was going to make my fruitcake cookies today -- even people who hate fruitcake like these cookies -- but I got home to find that I was out of candied cherries. I have no idea where I'll find those. So perhaps fruitcake cookies aren't on the menu after all...

Man it's nice not to be at work today. Even if I'm not really getting anything done except laundry. But hey! I got my daughter to eat lunch AND take a nap, and all before 1:45. Woooooo! It's a red-letter day, my friends.

Anyway, who knows if I'll be able to check online again before the holiday. So for all of you who are celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! And happy belated Solstice for those of you that celebrate that holiday as well! May your holiday season be filled with happiness and laughter and safe travels if you're going anywhere.

Snow!

Dec. 8th, 2013 09:38 pm
eee1313: (Golden Compass)
For some reason I'm utterly and completely exhausted tonight. It's not even 9:30 and I just want to curl up and crawl into bed. Yes, I stayed up way too late last night watching another Twilight movie with my sisters-in-law, but I didn't expect it to wipe me out this much. I'm so tired.

This morning I woke up and snow was falling, and it's been falling for most of the day. There was a respite while we were at my in-laws' for dinner, but of course it picked up as we were leaving and the Scientist had just cleaned off his car. The point is that I'm absolutely loving this snow. It's the soft, powdery kind that's crap for making snowmen but is absolutely beautiful. All of the trees have a light dusting of white and anywhere there are Christmas lights up there's just that extra lovely glow to it all. I'm glad the forecast is cold all week, because hopefully that will mean this snow will stick around. Nothing is more disappointing than having snow fall and then melt the next day. I just want there to be snow for the holiday...

Today we went out shopping and ran some errands. Dropped some stuff off at Goodwill, picked up road salt at Sam's, got fancy cheese at Trader Joe's and sugar free candies for my boss from See's. VEE passed out on the drive from Sam's to See's, so she ended up being carried around that store and slept in the grocery cart at Trader Joe's. Of course right now she's wide awake but fighting sleep. I left her curled up in her dad's lap, so hopefully by now she's konked out for the night.

What else is going on? I got my latest project at work off to the printer on Friday afternoon. Hooray! That's one more project done. Of course, this means I have no idea what I'll be doing at work tomorrow, as my backup project's author hasn't delivered new manuscript in over a month. Honest to God, we need something in our contracts saying these people will be deducted royalties for each month they fall behind. WHATEVER. I really don't care about work for these next two weeks. I'm just putting in my time until the holidays hit. I'm quite excited for Christmas this year. Can you tell? ;)

Anyway, that's really all I've got. I want to let those of you here on LJ know that I really do read your posts even if I don't comment much these days. Trying to use the computer at home is hard because the kid always wants to hijack it to watch Sesame Street, so I try not to use the computer or tablet while she's around. So at best, I get to read your posts on my phone's little screen (and Swyping out a reply is much harder than you'd think). The point is, I am keeping up with you whether I've replied to your posts or not, and I'm glad you're all still around. Someone recently referred to LJ as a "wasteland," and that's not far from the truth. But I barely use Twitter at all and Facebook is the devil incarnate IMO, so here I am and here I'll stay. Please keep posting. I like reading about your lives on my work breaks. :)



PS - Eclipse sucked.
eee1313: (Angel - drinking time)
In case anyone cares, the baby went to sleep easy as pie last night. Hooray! (Because I'm sure you all want to read about my daughter's sleep habits. Heh.)

Yesterday was good. Did the wine festival, which was fun. It was an all-you-can-drink wine fest with about sixty tables, all of which had at least six bottles at them. I didn't drink nearly as much as I normally do at these events, which was fine by me. I didn't want to feel icky for the rest of the day/all day today. We ordered a few bottles, as did my sister-in-law. Then we came home and the Scientist took a nap. Unfortunately during this time I realized that we have no food in our house. I was going to make mac & cheese for VEE because she loves it and will always eat it, but then I realized we have about one tablespoon of butter. Not enough for that. But that IS enough for a grilled cheese sandwich... except we have no bread. We didn't even have enough milk for her. UGH. And I couldn't go out because my car was boxed in (long story, don't ask). So in the end, my sister-in-law ran to McDonald's and got VEE a Happy Meal with milk and apple slices and a cheeseburger. She ate all of the former and only a quarter of the latter. Parental FAIL. Oh well. So needless to say, we're going grocery shopping today.

In movie news, the Scientist went to see Now You See Me with his siblings last night while VEE and I crashed out. He liked it. Earlier this week he and I went to see The Fast and the Furious 6, which was totally redonkulous and a rollicking good time. If you even remotely enjoy action movies, this is worth the money. Not as good as Fast 5, but still a super-fun time.

Oh, and if anyone's interested in seeing photos from our zoo trips (including animatronic dinosaurs), you can find my Flickr set here.
eee1313: (Autumn)
So let's see, what's going on that I can tell you all about? It's all rainy and crappy weather here in Chicagoland, and I am LOVING IT. No, really. I love rainy fall days. You just want to snuggle into your hoodie and curl up on the sofa. Bonus points if there's a sleeping baby in your lap to keep you doubly warm. Yay!

This weekend we have no plans whatsoever. It's kind of nice. I've already redone the bookshelf in V's room, putting all of the board books on shelves. V is really into books lately, and my sister sent a box of probably 60 books to our house. So the baby is over the moon right now looking at them. Good deal!

We have to go grocery shopping today. And the Scientist needs to go to Argonne to do a quick touch-up on one of his experiments. That's all we have going on. I would like to go to a craft store and get some fabric paint to work on our Halloween costumes. We're going to a party where this year's theme is "out of this world." We're doing the cheapest, easiest costumes we can think of, but it requires some t-shirts and fabric paint. So there's that.

What else is going on? I've been watching season 4 of Fringe, which is awesome. Hopefully we can catch up enough on DVD to be only a few weeks behind, then catch up on the current season on OnDemand, and then watch in real time. We've also been watching the second season of Sherlock, as it's finally available on Netflix streaming. However, it's not subtitled (even though it says it is), so that makes things a bit harder. Benedict Cumberbatch, God bless him, tends to mumble quickly, so add on his low voice and the accent and the Scientist has a hard time understanding him clearly. Subtitles would make it so much easier. Oh well. Also, I love Cumberbatch as Sherlock, but I just don't get the love for the actor in general. He's just not swoon-worthy IMO. But to each his own. I like Jason Statham, so there you are. And yes, I like him enough to have watched In the Name of the King, so my taste is suspect at best.

I don't know what else to write about. I've been keeping up on all your posts, even if I haven't been replying. I suck, I know. So there you are.
eee1313: (The Apple - Mr Boogalow)
Had a nice day yesterday. Did the farmer's market with the Scientist, got some cantaloupe. Normally I HAAAAATE cantaloupe, but the baby loves it and it tastes delicious when I'm pregnant, so there you are. Afterwards he went to work and I went to get an oil change. Except that an axle seal was leaking and that had to be replaced, but thankfully it was covered 100% under the warranty so I only paid for the oil change. Spent 2+ hours at the car dealership, which was BORING except that I got a lot of cross stitch done. Then I drove to [livejournal.com profile] deeablo's house. From the far southwest suburbs to the near north suburbs in just over an hour. Go, me! Not even Harry Dresden could get across Chicagoland that quickly -- and he's a wizard. [livejournal.com profile] angelchicken was there as well, looking as gorgeous as ever. We (along with some other friends) watched The Apple, and it was as terrible/awesome as always. Good times. Then I headed home, took a wrong turn onto the wrong highway (first time doing THAT), got home exhausted, and fell asleep on the sofa.

I have no idea what we're doing today. The Scientist is currently vacuuming (a job I hate because the Dyson -- while great -- makes a high-pitched whine that hurts my ears). I think we may do some more work on the nursery today. Or clean the house, as [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl and her family will be stopping in next week. Or go see Captain America. Or do laundry. I dunno.

How are you?

Hello!

May. 30th, 2011 09:49 am
eee1313: (Game of Thrones - Dany)
A quick update, as today we'll be cleaning the garage and want to get that started before it gets too hot outside.

Things are going well around these parts. Work is fine, the husband is good, the baby is still growing, the house is slowly getting cleaned/gutted/prepped, etc. Last weekend I went to see my parents in Michigan, which was quite nice. I'd been missing my parents, so the Scientist said we should go up for a visit. We ended up registering for baby gifts with my mom (I thought she'd enjoy coming with us). Then the Scientist and my dad went to a car museum while Mom and I hit up a quilt store. It was a nice (albeit short) trip.

This weekend a lot of time was spent with my in-laws, as it was my father-in-law's birthday. Yesterday we went to the Rock & Gem show, which I love. I got a pair of small opal earrings for $5, and a lovely white and pale blue beaded necklace & earrings for $22. What a steal! Once again, my uncle sent me birthday present shopping for my mom. It's so much fun spending someone else's money! Last year I got her a pair of gorgeous amber earrings; this year it's a pair of larimar earrings with a matching pendant. Hopefully she'll like them.

In other news, I am LOVING A Game of Thrones on HBO. Holy crap almighty, this is a good series. Everyone backstabs everyone! Holy Pete! Though I have to admit, my favorite character is Dany (I don't know how to spell her full name. Danerys?). I love her to bits. Every time the action cuts back to Dany and the Dothraki, I get excited. Spoilers for yesterday's episode ) This is such a good show. Damn. I'm really glad it got picked up for another season. And I really need to read those books already.

Anyway, I gotta go. Time to eat breakfast (to ward off queasiness for the rest of the day -- thanks, baby!) and then it's off to clean the garage. Fun, fun! I hope all you Americans enjoy your day off today -- if you get the day off, that is -- and for any Canadians or Brits or Kiwis or Aussies reading, have a good Monday!
eee1313: (Mercy's Garage)
Hi, LJ people! I know I haven't updated in a long, long time, so here I am. It's a Saturday (early evening), and I'm just hanging around the house doing not much. Earlier the 25th anniversary concert of Les Miz was on PBS, so I watched that and did cross stitch. I also went to the eye doctor to get my new contact lenses checked, and she agreed that my right lens was too weak. I had to return it to the lab where it was made, so now I'm on glasses or old contacts until who knows when.

Also, my cat was just sleeping in a laundry basket at the foot of my bed. I heard her starting to vomit, so I raced in just in time to see her yak over the edge of the basket, onto the comforter, and down the side of the sleigh bed footboard. Thanks for that, cat. Then she wouldn't get out of the basket and proceeded to yak on two pairs of freshly-laundered socks. Cats. >:\

So, what's been going on with me otherwise? Not a whole lot. Lots of work. LOTS of work. I've been going in early to make up for lost time, so that's draining. But I'm working on a book called "Apparel" (not to be confused with "Fashion!", and yes, it does have an exclamation point), and the book is pretty thus far. It looks nice, all glossy and with up-to-date images.

I've seen some movies. Rango was good, though not my favorite animated movie by any means. The animation was stunning, however. Definitely not a movie for little kids, and definitely a movie for adults who are fans of westerns and movies in general, as it has several homages to several films of different genres. The Adjustment Bureau was fantastic, and one I highly recommend. It's a modern-day fantasy, very smartly written, and an interesting film about fate, free will, and love.

All the stuff going on in the world just makes me sad. I don't know what to think of what's happening in Libya, and the earthquake/tsunami one-two punch in Japan is just horrendous.

Last week I met Patricia Briggs, author of the Mercy Thompson books. They're basically the only urban fantasy series I can stomach. The signing was TERRIBLY disorganized, and there was no limit to how many books you could have signed. I was in the second-to-last batch of people to get books signed, and there were people ahead with a dozen books, whereas all of us in the back just had one or two, tops. Also, the bookstore didn't say that you could pick up wristbands for the signing at 9 a.m. when the store opened, so there were a lot of disgruntled people. I had to wait for over 4 hours to get the books signed. By the time I got to her, I was rather delirious and said something stupid, but what do I care? I don't. And I'm also not shopping at Borders ever again. There's a reason that store is going under, I tell you. Anyway, I'm reading her latest and I like it MUCH more than the last two. So take that as my recommendation, should any of you read Briggs's books.

The Scientist gave me my birthday present super-early: a backup drive for my Mac. All was going well. I had the software for it installed, the drive was showing up, and then I went to transfer files to it. I got an error saying that the disk was formatted and therefore stuff couldn't be added to it. WTF? In my confusion/haste to fix the problem, I pulled the USB for the drive out without ejecting it from the computer first. Now the computer won't recognize the drive as plugged in at all. I fail. I broke my birthday gift. SUCK. I need a Mac guru in my area to come and fix my computer, stat. I feel terrible about "breaking" my gift.

I am so tired. But I need to call my parents, and I need to wash those puke-socks, so I should wrap this up. I hope you're all well. Miss you!

To do

Oct. 9th, 2010 11:47 am
eee1313: (Autumn)
Now that I have fully recovered from a champagne hangover, my plans for the day are to:

Call [livejournal.com profile] aj
Dye my hair (OMG, the gray!)
Do some laundry
Put up Halloween decorations

Maybe clean up the kitchen (check out my priorities!)*
Eat the cranberry orange scone waiting for me in the kitchen

All of this sounds like a plan to me!

ETA: My plans have been foiled! Ovation is airing a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of Phantom of the Opera (the show, not the movie), followed by an airing of Cats, which I've actually never seen. My inner seventh grader is fangirling like crazy. [livejournal.com profile] missrachael, these are the times when I wish you lived nearby!

ETA 2: Man, Cats is... well, it's something. I'm glad I never paid money to see it...

*I broke a glass on the kitchen floor and had to sweep up, does that count?
eee1313: (Rejected spoon)
I swear to God, I am allergic to my office. I was totally fine until I got inside here, and now I'm sneezing and my nose is dripping. I went outside to my car a while ago, as I'd left my phone and wanted to get it. Outside it's BEAUTIFUL, all sunny and mildly warm with a slight breeze. It's perfect. And you know what? Just two minutes outside in the fresh air and sun made me feel so much better. But then I had to come inside, and now I'm sneezing and drippy again. GROSS. I'm sure it doesn't help that about ΒΌ of the people in my office have the Hacking Cough, and the stupid A/C is just recirculating germ-filled air. But God, what I wouldn't do to have a window that I could crack open to get some fresh air.

My life is tragic, y'all.

In other news, this morning I had the most awesome dream, where I met all of the actors from The Big Bang Theory, and I invited them over to our house for dinner to surprise the Scientist. So they all showed up, and he was like "OMGWTFBBQ?!" Except Jim Parsons kept insisting he really WAS Sheldon, and it was all very strange and we had pot roast. And then I woke up when the Scientist rolled over and picked up his watch from the nighstand, and I realized I'd been sleeping a really long time. Somehow, I'd turned off all the alarms on the clock radio, and it was 7:50. I'm normally out the door by 8:10. CRAP. So I ran around like a fool trying to get ready, and the Scientist was none too pleased at waking up that late, but I'm fairly certain he got to shower after I left, so he's still in better shape than I am right now. Plus, I bet his job isn't making him sneeze.

I really want to wash my hair, though. Blech.
eee1313: (Mercy's Garage)
Last night I did not go to the movie, but instead stayed home so that I could help my sister-in-law S get boxes from the garage rafters. What fun! But first, when I got home I let the cat out into the yard so that she could roam around in the grass. A little while later, I realized she'd been out for an awfully long time, so I popped my head outside to see what she was up to. The cat was standing stock-still, staring intently at the garden. I called to her, and instantly she pounced, and I heard a high-pitched "eeet eeet eeet!" coming from her direction. It seems my cat was stalking the local chipmunk, and apparantly had caught it. I didn't want it to bite her so I ran to grab her, and the cat was all crazy-eyed and frantic because she had pounced on a tiny animal (which is new to her). Oh, the excitement that is the life of an indoor cat outside! Of course, now I'm going to have to supervise her outdoor romps, so that she doesn't have a throw-down with the chipmunk again, or in case that neighborhood cat tries to jump over our five-foot fence again...

So eventually S came over to get the boxes, and I had our crazy Gorilla ladder all set up in the garage. Now, the Gorilla ladder is awesome, as you can make it whatever height you want. But it hates me. Seriously, the ladder NEVER cooperates with me. I was very pleased that I actually got it to work by the time S arrived. So she and I got all the boxes out of the garage rafters, and we went to load them into her car. However, the garage door lift button was hit before the ladder was moved entirely out of the way, and the door hit the ladder and popped the track to jump the top of the ladder. O_O!!! Seriously, the ladder didn't tip over, it broke the garage door. The ladder hates me. S and I spent the next half hour trying to pop the garage door roller back onto the track. There was much sweating, swearing, and bug bites. But we fixed it, and everything works fine now. Thank God.

In other news, I made plans with my dad to go up to Michigan after work on Friday. He's not telling my mom that I'm coming, so she should be surprised. I don't know if he'll tell my uncle that I'm coming, so it could be a double-whammy surprise, I'm not sure.

Of course, going to my parents' house this weekend means that I'll miss out on not one, but TWO movies that I'm dying to see. You know how this summer has had pretty crappy movies? Well, the two I've really been looking forward to are Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (despite my ever-growing dislike for Michael Cera's shtick) and The Expendables. THE EXPENDABLES!!! I feel like this movie's title should be shouted at all times. I cannot wait to see this crazy-ass action film. It looks INSANE. And it's all old-school action stars who literally beat the crap out of one another on set. AWESOME!!! However, they will both have to wait till next week. Oh well.

Tonight is super TV night: White Collar, Covert Affairs, and Warehouse 13. Yay! Tuesday nights are the best.

Also, I woke up an hour early and I had a surprisingly productive morning. Changed the cat litter, collected the garbage for pickup, made coffee, and walked a mile. All before 7 am on a Tuesday!
eee1313: (Addams Family - Wednesday's spats)
Everyone should go look at these amazing photos. (Link via Gapers Block.) They're a collection of photos from the Great Depression through WW2, but what's phenomenal about these are that they're in color. When have you seen color photos from the Great Depression? Probably never. So not only are these pretty rare, they're also touching and beautiful and amazingly shot. Seriously, some of these photo compositions are gorgeous. [livejournal.com profile] spicedrum, you should love these, #58 specifically. There are some great real-life Rosie the Riveter-esque photos near the end, too (#54 & #66).

The other thing I love about these photos is checking out all the colors in the clothing. My mom is always bitching that in period dramas, the costume designers always seem to dress the people in drab fabric. Mom's always like "These people didn't have anything; if they had money for fabric, do you think they'd buy brown and gray? No. They'd pick something colorful and cheery, because that's one of the only times they'd have something bright in their lives." And these pictures prove my mom's right. Just look at the patterns and colors of the cotton farmers' clothing in #9, or all the calico going on in #20. I love it.

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What else is up? Oh, I've been updating/redesigning the wine blog, if any of you are interested. It's been a while since we've updated in any way, shape, or form. We need to get back in the swing of things with that one. September has two wine festivals coming up, so that will keep us busy.

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My wrist is hurting again. It comes and goes lately. It was bad last week, fine most of this week, and it started hurting again last night. I really need to go to a doctor about this. I'm 99% sure it's Carpal Tunnel. Booooooooo. But [livejournal.com profile] angelchicken showed me her scars over the weekend, so at least I know that if surgery will be an option someday, it's less invasive than before. In the meantime, I have a super-sexxxay powder blue wrist brace.

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I have no idea what I'm up to this weekend. None of the movies coming out hold any interest to me. The Scientist works all day tomorrow, so I'll probably stay in and do chores. Maybe I can tackle the great closet cleanout. I dunno... Man, I'm boring! Heh.
eee1313: (Lego Star Wars - Chewie says)
Went to Six Flags Great America today. Had a great time. Rode the coasters, rode dizzy-making rides, avoided major sunburn, didn't get rained on. All is well.

My tummy, however, is still acting up. Last Thursday at work we had a grill-out at lunch (I refuse to call it a BBQ because no BBQ was involved - it was just grilling). Something I ate then made me feel yucky, and it hasn't really gone away. Ugh. And if ANY of you joke that I'm pregnant, I'll come kick you.

Finally got around to watching Moon last night. Sam Rockwell was quite good. The Scientist figured out the plot of the film about ten minutes in, though, so we didn't have to watch and wonder what was happening, just watch and see how it played out instead. Still, a good movie. It'd be a fun double-feature with Solaris. And by "fun," I mean "depressing." But good!

Off to take some Tums, and possibly Solarcaine my shoulder. That's the one spot I didn't thoroughly sunblock today. Phooey. Then Covert Affairs and Warehouse 13.

Things

Jul. 13th, 2010 12:32 pm
eee1313: (Serenity - Simon/Kaylee)
1) Tonight, Sean Maher and Jewel Staite from Firefly will be guest starring on Warehouse 13. HOORAY!!! Are you not watching Warehouse 13? You should. It's ridiculously fun. [livejournal.com profile] sparkeymonster made a list of reasons why the show is awesome. I agree wholeheartedly. This is just FUN TV, people. Go, watch, enjoy.

2) Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day. Go forth and be geeky! Here are just a few things I am geeky about:
a) Firefly/Serenity
b) The Nightmare Before Christmas
c) Mold-A-Rama
d) Devil Ducks
e) InDesign

3) Work is currently stoopid. Nothing that's my fault or really even my problem, but that doesn't make things any less stoopid.

4) I have no A/C in my car. I've been surviving fairly well, but I really need to get that fixed.

5) This weekend is Lilith Fair! I'm excited. Kelly Clarkson dropped off the lineup (boooo), but now Court Yard Hounds, aka 2/3 of the Dixie Chicks, are playing. And Mary J. Blige, Heart, La Roux, and Sarah McLachlan are still on schedule. Also, local artist Katie Todd won a timeslot, which is cool because I like her music.

6) I have a slight headache. That is no good.

7) SEAN MAHER IS BACK ON MY TV TONIGHT!!! The end.

Tra la la

Jun. 17th, 2010 10:27 am
eee1313: (LotR - fanTAStic)
Today is much better than yesterday. Stupid hormones. Stupid work people jumping the gun and making me and another coworker redo all our work. Stupid me, overreacting to everything. But whatever, it's a new day, the sun is shining, and it's nearly the weekend.

Last night I hung out at the laundromat. Man, those places have changed since I last used them. It's all electronic card readers and no coins. I felt dumb with my bag of quarters. But the good thing about card readers is that the laundromat's main computer can track which washers and dryers are in use, and it's all displayed on a flatscreen TV so you know which machines are open, and when yours are done. Best laundromat ever!

Tonight I plan to exercise (because I was tired and slept in this morning), make jumbalaya for dinner, and watch Ninja Assassin. He's a ninja, AND an assassin! Heh. I also have to wrap gifts for Father's Day, and the Scientist's birthday, and maybe also my mom's birthday. That's not till August, but I don't know if I'll be heading to their place before then, so I might as well take her gifts up this weekend.

I finally loaded the three soundtracks to the LotR trilogy onto my iPod. This makes me happy. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns! This should get me through the day of making PDFs.
eee1313: (PotC - Jazz hands)
Blah blah blah. My life is BORING right now. Very dull. But the book that wouldn't die has officially been sent off to the printer today, so it is a day for celebration! Huzzah! Of course, I still have a ton of work to do on the corresponding website, followed then by the instructors' CD-ROM o' answers.

It is raining here. Everyone seems to hate the rain, but I love it. Someday I really should move to the Pacific Northwest. Rain = happy eee.

This past weekend was my high school reunion. I was a little... anxious... about it. But it turned out fine. I saw a bunch of people I haven't seen in forever, and everyone was nice. One girl who was kind of snitty in high school apologized to everyone if she was ever mean, which I thought was nice. So I told her that at one point or another, we were ALL mean to someone and so we should just leave it all in the past and be happy we're not in high school anymore. So that's good. It was kind of funny that at the end of the evening, the "popular" kids were upstairs, while us "regular" kids were all downstairs bowling. All these years later, and the factions still stand. Though it makes sense that people would want to talk to the people they knew the best all those years ago. The only problem with the entire event was that there was no AC. OMG, the sweat. The place smelled like a gym for a while. Eeeeech!

What else? On Sunday I saw Prince of Persia. It wasn't as horrible as I expected, but I expected really bad. I could see this being a popular movie amongst boys, what with all the swashbuckling. There needs to be more swashbuckling in movies. I think that's one reason the first Pirates movie was so popular. Also, it's fun to say. SWASHBUCKLING!

Last night the Scientist and I got BBQ for dinner (yum), and then I decided to pop my scifi cherry and finally sit down to watch Dune. He started me on the David Lynch version, as it was a) the shortest, and b) the least like the book. Within the first ten minutes I had to pause the movie and have him explain WTF the narration was about. The movie was okay. I know it's one of those "sci-fi masterpieces," but the pacing was all off. There was so much about Paul getting to the Dune planet, and then once he met up with the Fremen it was like "Wheeee, he's one of us, the movie's almost over!" It was like they just accepted him as their new messiah and he saved everyone and that was that. Too rushed. So now I'll have to watch the miniseries and figure out what I missed.

Anyway, that's it for me. Now back to work.

FYI

May. 21st, 2010 09:20 am
eee1313: (The Room - Lisa thinks you're boring)
Until further notice, if anyone needs to contact me over the weekend please do so via phone. Utility guys were working outside when we left the house yesterday morning, and when we tried to turn on the TV last night the cable was out. So is the internet. It was still that way this morning when we left for work. The Scientist plans to call Comcast and get them to fix it, but seeing as how it may be a problem caused by the utility workers, and seeing as how they were back again this morning, I forsee this not getting fixed anytime soon. So yes, if you need me over the weekend, please call instead of e-mailing.

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