[Editor's Sidenote: I wonder how many posts I've had titled that way.]
Anyways. I have a new favorite pair of pants [link removed]. (I’d post the picture instead, but I can’t do that right now due to computer issues.) I want to wear them all the time. I want to own them in every color known to mankind. Unfortunately, they’re only available in two or three colors. Sad, I know. Also, I cannot think of an acceptable and fulfilling career that would let me wear them every day. Gym teacher is not an option. Neither is hobo.
I finished my paper last night. It’s not very good, I have to admit. And I decided I don’t care. So there. I have an exam on Monday (the same day the paper is due), and so this weekend will be spent studying for that, since I haven’t started. I have no time to polish the paper.
At work, I am currently learning about wikis, and how to possibly implement them in our intraweb. I doubt this will go anywhere, but it’s the current educational opportunity. Our paychecks were bigger today because it’s the 3rd paycheck this month. I got an extra $12. Woo-hoo.
I’m tired of not having my own computer at work. Unfortunately, this situation will persist for all of next week. Bummer. The computer I’m borrowing has a squeaky chair, wooden armrests that I keep bruising myself on, is super-slow, has a tiny monitor, and doesn’t have the programs I want to use. Wah. I thought my setup was bad, since the combination of my chair and mouse placement gives me chronic shoulder pain. Typing in this cube, however, gives me elbow pain, which is a much bigger problem. There’s no arm support whatsoever, and it doesn’t work for me. I had to wear my brace-thing all day yesterday and take Advil.
I’m having motivation issues today. This is a bad sign, going into a weekend that involves some reading and studying for an exam. And wedding planning. Must do some of that. I’m blaming the weather – it’s grey and rainy. Maybe a chocolate bar will fix it. Whatdya think?
There’s been a lot of talk lately about wedding plans, but technically no actual planning. I need to get on the florist thing. said he would work on the photographer. We need to sit down and figure out what we want to eat so we can get a caterer. And then this weekend we need to talk to someone at the church about music. I haven’t had time to check the book yet to see if there’s anything else we need to book now – I carried it with me all day Tuesday but never touched it. Bummer.
I’ve got a haircut after work tonight, and I will be making an initial consultation on wedding hair options. Just want to run by my stylist what I’ve thought of so far – I need someone else’s honest opinion of what will look good, what is possible, what will look silly, etc.
Patience has been my mantra lately. Dress shopping on Sunday (and Monday and Tuesday subsequently short ventures through my Macy’s downtown on my lunch break) has made me want my own dress. You know, the white (ivory) one. There are an awful lot of prom (“special occasion”) dresses out there that are white. And quite beautiful. I want one! But, it’s worth it to be patient, for it to be the right dress. Mindful that it will be free (to me, at least) also. And tailor-made. I didn’t get that “ohhhhhh” feeling when we went wedding dress shopping two months ago, but the prom dresses certainly tickled my fancy. (I’m quite tempted to make a very inappropriate “your mom” joke here, but it’s very crude, and I’m sure you can figure it out for yourself. My apologies.)
That’s exactly how busy it’s been at work these days. I haven’t earnestly blogged since Friday (Unconscious Mutterings does not count as blogging). Sorry. No time. Despite the fact that it’s Spring Break, I have 2 papers to write. I have tons of projects at work. is in Texas, but just for today. Tonight and I are going out for dinner to Joe’s Crab Shack, and on Sunday us girls are hopefully getting together to go shopping for dresses. What fun, I tell ya.
I could write more, but then people would be upset that I didn’t do the work they requested.
- San Francisco :: Summer of
- Sadness :: heart
- Spirits :: liquors
- Harriet :: Island
- State :: Park
- John :: Doe
- Offense :: Defense
- Timeless :: Endless
- Account :: -ing
- Refuse :: pick up
So, we met with the pastor tonight, and now we have an Official official wedding date. Yay! And he gave us this questionnaire to fill out online, and everything sounds good. I think a key moment (of the 25 minutes that we had) was when he ran through the different parts of the ceremony and got to the unity candle part, and asked us if we were doing that. We said “no,” and he was quite happy about that. was happy too, when I told her (that she wouldn’t have to go do that). All in all, he seems like a great pastor to do our wedding, and it seems like a good church for us to get to know better. Much more in line with what I’m looking for in a church, at least – laid back, sense of humor about itself, smallish, youngish, communal…. It’s been quite a while since I’ve felt truly positive about a church.
I don’t really have much else to say. Long boring day at work. Glad it’s the weekend.
I’m on phones today. And tomorrow. And Friday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. And Thursday until noon. Go ahead, ask me how I feel about that. I dare ya.
In other news, my lunch, which I have not finished yet, has made me very sleepy. And I have been thirsty since yesterday afternoon, despite having consumed many liquids in that time (including a 32 oz Gatorade). Also, my shoulder hurts a lot today. And my eyes have been itchy lately. Wah. I shouldn’t complain that much – has yet another cold.
Tonight I get to go to Target after work, or will wither away into nothingness… or become the size of a normal cat. I’m supposed to go to JoAnn and get some things I need there too, but… I’m feeling too tired to do so at the moment. We’ll see how I feel later. I should do my remaining homework for this week tonight, which includes taking a quiz and writing a paper that is due after Spring Break (that I am officially on now, until the 26th). All that really means is that I have my Tuesday night free next week, and have slightly less homework.
10 push-ups, for someone who has been physically unable to do them for the last 2 years, is a lot. (And, I don’t remember when the last time before my tendinitis I had actually done one.) BUT, my arms don’t hurt this morning. Yay. Now perhaps my arms will not look so small and yet also flabby. Must be careful not to overdo. We need no repeats of that major flare-up.
I won the “Spring Break Package” from Citypages! I get to go find a swimsuit at this place in Minnetonka, and assorted accessories. How cool is that! Now if I could only win a honeymoon….
Paper back in World Civ: 50/50
Quiz back in World Civ: 24/25
Mid-Term taken; suspected grade: 39/40
Also, found a time to go bridesmaid dress shopping with and .
I think ‘s entire life is planned out for him. As entitled this picture, I present:
Daddy Day Care
I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating:
Sandwich purchased to make headache go away (due to not eating) will not work effectively sitting on your desk. It must be consumed. No matter how much Excedrin you take or Gatorade you drink, you must eat the food.
Sometimes, I do things that just aren’t that smart. (Notice how I didn’t say, “Sometimes, I am stupid.” Doing and being are very different things.)
- Contribution :: for the greater good
- Ryan :: Meg
- Minimal :: -ist
- Cleansed :: and purified
- Centered :: and calm
- Arrow :: Bow and
- Beyond :: Science
- Execute :: —- [I got nothin']
- Intuition :: Woman’s
- Apology :: None needed
- How do you celebrate the arrival of Spring? I don’t do a pagan ritualistic dance, if that’s what you’re wondering. My grandma’s birthday happens to be the first day of Spring, so that’s nice, but I don’t really do anything for that other than send her a card if I remember. I don’t particularly celebrate in any specific way, but I just enjoy knowing that it’s coming, that the winter is finally over. There have been birds chirping in my neighborhood all week, clearly indicating that Spring is just around the corner.
- What other holidays and events do you celebrate or mark in the spring? I don’t celebrate St Pattie’s, and dread Daylight Saving (just because I lose an hour of sleep). But Easter is a big holiday. And then May comes complete with ‘s birthday (his dad’s as well), Mother’s Day, and then Memorial Day. Those first two will be delayed in celebrating, since Mother’s Day and ‘s birthday both happen to fall on the same date this year, and it happens to be the Sunday right before finals (I have one Monday, one Tuesday, and one Wednesday). And then after Memorial Day, it’s just a short trip to Father’s Day and then ‘s birthday and then my birthday and then ‘s birthday. July is chock-a-block full of family birthdays/celebrations also. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
- Do you have an interesting traditions that take place during this time of year? Nope.
- What colors and imagery do you associate with spring? Pink. And flowers. And t-shirts without jackets. Green everywhere.
- What are you most looking forward to about spring? The fact that it’s not winter anymore. Seriously. I get tired of being cooped up inside, being cold all the time. I look forward to being able to air out the house, walk around without a coat on, go for walks for fun. I wore a tank top yesterday while at home just because I could, and forgot how much I love wearing them. Sandals too. Spring, to me, is really a precursor to summer. Not that it’s not enjoyed in it’s own right, because it is, but I think part of the power and excitement of Spring is the promise of Summer.
I am feeling much better today. Late yesterday afternoon I started feeling quite good – specifically, I could freely breathe again. That was nice. Amazing what some good sleep and relaxation can do. I think the sun helped too, since it was shining both days right into the house. I miss the sun. I will like it very much when I see it more often, and when I can walk outside to get coffee on my break. But, two days at home was about all I could take of the dog, who mopes about the house sadly waiting for her owner to come home, occasionally dragging herself to the front door to sigh and whine. My goodness – you thought I was whiny? I ain’t got nothin’ on this dog.
However, this morning did not have such a great start. I woke up only to find that I’d unknowingly slept with someone over the night. Or should I say something. I had a spider bite on my right ankle, four behind my knee, one on my thigh, and one on the front of my knee. Bastard. Crawled up my pants and everything. I don’t do that on a first date, let alone with someone I’m not on a first-name basis with.
Then, I nearly slipped on some ice outside on my way to the bus. Funny, I’d walked that part of the sidewalk yesterday and it was fine. But apparently the water re-froze overnight. I glared at the house and thought maliciously about their landlords. I’m sure that had no effect whatsoever.
Then there were problems with my bus pass, like the fact that I dropped it behind the thing while trying to use it, and then it didn’t read correctly, and it was just like, “man, it’s one of those mornings.” Needless to say, while I was trying to have a good attitude, it seemed as though the universe was telling me I should have stayed at home. I knew, however, that the universe was wrong about that.
I am sick and tired of watching people on TV that live on the east coast complain about how cold it is there. It was 17* there this morning, and it was “bitterly cold.” Um…? Hello. Do you see Minnesotans on the news complaining when it’s below zero? No. (Do I complain about it, yes, but that’s totally different. The Today Show is not paying any attention to my plight, and that’s fine. I don’t really expect anyone to care about my feelings of the cold.) Boo-hoo for New York. Wimps.
While I was home, I was actually slightly productive in my life. True, I got some good napping in, as well as some quality lounging-in-bed-watching-movies time. But, I also did some homework (including getting a 10/10 on a quiz), cleaned the chair off (though it will only get piled full of stuff again), unloaded and loaded and unloaded the dishwasher, threw away old food from the fridge, took out the recycling, took care of the cat litter, and whitened my teeth. I also went to the co-op (twice) and bought all sorts of healthy foods: bananas, apples, a butternut squash, a yam and a sweet potato (to determine once and for all which one of the two it is that I like), asparagus, baby artichokes, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, milk, eggs, cheeses, and English muffins. I also bought granola and sunflower seeds and fresh strawberries and yogurt. My plans was to eat good foods, that I might be healthier.
And I’ll have you know, I am becoming an expert at cooking asparagus. Don’t ask me what I did wrong the first time (back when I lived in Michigan), but I’m not having any problems now. Of course, when cooked up with mushrooms and served with butter, salt and pepper, pretty much anything would taste good. (Things that would not taste good still include: eggplant, zucchini, onions, and tomatoes. Lest anyone get the idea that I might eat such disgusting foods if they were served in this manner. Not gonna happen.)
The sweater that I was working on, I finished the 13 inches that I needed to, and then started and finished both sleeves, attached them, and am now working on the next 5 inches (I’m halfway done). Then there’s the row with the holes for ribbon, and then 5 more rows, and then it’s done. So I can definitely be done by Spring Break (which is the 19th). I’m floored that I was able to complete a sweater so quickly. Of course, it’s just a simple 2×2 rib, and short-sleeved, and a wide neck, but still… impressive. Hopefully it fits.
Plans for the weekend include homework, hopefully finishing the baseboard in ‘s bathroom, and more homework. (That was Friday-Saturday-Sunday, in that order, in case you were wondering.) has some stuff that will take him away from the house / require him to work on stuff instead of entertain me. Which is fine, since I have a paper to write this weekend for US History and about a zillion pages to read for my Contemporary World History class. And a mid-term on Tuesday for World History. And then there’s the sweater…. So you see, it’s all good. And hopefully next weekend we’re both much more free and can have some fun (it might even be nice enough outside to go for a walk or something!) I think we’re going to the church again on Sunday as well, which should be good.
I’m currently debating whether or not I’m going to stay home from work tomorrow. Technically, I’m feeling much better, and if I went back tomorrow, all would be fine. I’m probably somewhere around 75%. But if I get to sleep in one more day… I think I could get that up to 95% so I could be well-rested and healthy for the weekend. And I definitely have the sick hours to use. And no one is going to die if I don’t go into work again tomorrow. You can see which way I’m leaning, right? But on the other hand… I am feeling better, and would it just be lazy and indulgent of me to stay home? I can’t remember the last time I took two days off in a row for being sick. Anyone? When I got the chicken pox in high school. When I had that really bad fever in 5th grade (I was hallucinating that the bed was trying to eat me). …I probably had strep once in elementary school.
Alright, curiosity got the best of me. According to our employee paycheck website, the last time I took more than 8 hours of sick leave in a 2-week period was last December, and that was 10 hours. Ah, in November 2004 I took 14 hours off. In fact, in the whole time I’ve worked there, I can’t find any evidence that I took more than an afternoon and then the next day off for sickness. Wait, no, in March 2003 I took 2 days off (though I can’t be sure if they were consecutive or not – it just tells me the number of hours for that pay period). So in 4 1/2 years, maybe once I took off 2 days in a row for being sick. That kinda cinches it for me. I mean, not that that’s a good reason, but just goes on the side of the list in favor of staying home. Sleep, blessed sleep.
We’ll see tomorrow morning. Who knows, I could be feeling especially perky.