Sunday, November 30, 2003

i dunno if we have any traditions for thanksgiving. this year was particularly low key, we've had a hard past few months with deaths in the family and community, so my family is kind of in mourning... actually, i think my parents have officially stepped out of mourning. i hope christmas is low key too... i am trying to convince everyone that we should stop celebrating christmas. anyway... i had way, way, way too much food these past 4 days (turkey tikka's were y.u.m.) my momma and daddy took me shopping yesterday, and i got some nice new things. i'll be warm this winter, for sure.
i'm glad to be home with my tucker, she's soooooo cute. i'm thinking of selling my homemade fudge this holiday season... details to come.
happy b.day m.f. x's and o's.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

What is your family Thanksgiving tradition?
We do the holiday card photo. A couple of nicely posed shots, and then we run around taking goofy candids of each other. Mom assembles them in two big frames, one for the photo wall in their house and one for Dad's office.

Last year we did the holiday card photo in June because we knew I wouldn't be home for T-day.

1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
do handmade gifts (I was thinking of making marble magnets with my families faces), finish unpacking (all that's mostly left is stuff to put on walls), take more photos (I got a digital camera for my birthday this summer and it spends way too much time on the shelf)

2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.
I'm curious about what some college friends are up to but am not really inspired to track them down

3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.
speak Spanish (yet wish someone could pass a magic wand over me so I could just know it, language skills don't come easy to me), improve my meagre sewing skills, xeriscape my yard

4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).
quit my job, take up different photo projects and spend time on those, buy an island, share the wealth

5. List five things you do that help you relax.
yoga, long walks in my neighborhood, drinking red wine, smelling lavender

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Upma, I think Rumsfeld is more of a problem than GW. I've thought about leaving the country as well, but the US really is a great place to live. If you do fly the coop, though, my research recommends Australia.

1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
Holiday cards, knit a red sweater for sugarplum in Portland, make wedding gift for K&M (who are getting married on 27th Dec, I know it is their day but why not make it even less convenient and have it on 24th Dec already?), register for pre-med courses at UH, figure out when I can travel.

2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.

S hasn't returned my emails and phone calls since NYC. I just want to know she's okay. G is someone I hope to run into again but I won't keep my fingers crossed. My AP English teacher from high school I have been trying to locate for about five years, no luck so far. Everyone else I'm in touch with or they're dead.

3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.

Scuba diving, basic car repairs, two more languages (current list: German, Japanese, Hawaiian, Italian, Tamil), hang gliding, surfing

4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).

Buy my sister and her son a nice house, give 15% of the winnings to charity, pay tuition for as many students as possible at UH, go around the world, live in London for a year

5. List five things you do that help you relax

Knit, dance around kitchen, swim in ocean, hike, lock self in freezer at work and screeeeeeeeeeeam.

Dawn Chorus/Des Ark Winter Mini-tour 2004 two-thirds booked.

January 2nd - Philadelpha, PA (tbd)
January 3rd - Pete's Candy Store, New York City, NY (with the Marlarkies)
January 4th - Washington, DC area (tbd)

Lake Effect Northeastern corridor residents should consider coming to one of these shows.

Monday, November 24, 2003

1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.

Get laid. Kick it with Santa Claus. Fight a ninja and win. Win the lottery. Lose 50 pounds. (All of which is possible, except for getting laid.)

2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.

Meagan Jolliffe. I could probably find her if I wanted to. Jesse B. Actually, I don't really want to talk to him. I just want him to know that my band is better than any of his ever were. Kelly Cunningham. I never talk to her, but I wish I did. Shannon Ellis. I haven't seen Shannon in years.

3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.

Play piano (better). Exercise. Speak a foreign language. Maybe Persian or French, both of which are really pretty. I'd like to know how to fix and car. And I'd like to be able to fly.

4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).

Buy a smallish house some place out of the way. Rent an apartment on Central Park West. Give a million bucks each to my parents, my brother and his wife, and my niece. Buy a stage piano and sweet vintage Fender Reverb combo, a black Ric, with an Orange head and cabinet. Buy an airplane with a glass bottom.

5. List five things you do that help you relax.

Watch TV. Go for a walk. Listen to comfort music (like Kiss and the Smiths). Take off my pants and jacket. Read a magazine at Barnes and Noble.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

pondering, by upma. if gw is re-elected, is it a cop-out to leave the country? i mean... my job sitch here isn't the greatest, and europe seems so inviting. (canada is too cold). perhaps mexico... but i don't know any spanish. this world totally sucks right now. i don't know how to make it better.

Saturday, November 22, 2003

this one is hard. it made me realize (again) how lacking my vocab is.

1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space.
mini.

2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer.
insane, curmudgeonly.

3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime.
expensive, enormous, enjoyable.

4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day.
long, stressful, clausterphobic, tiring.

5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life.
full, joyful, campestral, adventurous, philanthropic.


1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
save some money
do a short project with mark
make a personal strategic/"business" plan for projects in 2004
buy a new pair or jeans
take a trip to nyc

2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.
only one. my best friend in college

3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.
tailor my clothes so they fit me properly
play the bass guitar
play the violin
how to incorporate myself
make movies

4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).
make movies
make music
travel the world nomadically
give most of my money to other people
try to rule the world

5. List five things you do that help you relax
take hot baths
drink hot coffee or tea
drink wine
eat
write

Friday, November 21, 2003

Hi all. I leave in less than 24 hours. Will try to send e-mail while I am out there but make no promises. Think good thoughts for me as I will be traveling in a plane for 20 hours EACH WAY, with a five hour layover in Tokoyo. I'm sure I will be re-evaulating my life, my spirituality, identity, and anything else that comes to mind.

Here's my quick stab at the Friday Five.

1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
-- create a new database for my civic club
-- see my pal Porgie and his wife
-- outline a five year plan for my life (see above about 40 hour plane ride)
-- read at least one book
-- run a better 5K time than my last race

2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.
I keep in touch with most everyone though there is one h.s. friend Adam, a college friend Trevor, this guy Will who I met in h.s. at a pre-med conference, that's all that comes to mind at the moment.

3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.
Don't laugh but I don't know how to ride a bike. I'd also like to learn how to skate, how to make sushi, drive a standard, garden/landscape.

4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).
Take my mom on an eye opening trip to Alaska or Australia or Europe, do some international culture volunteer program, teach young women about fiscal responsability and self image, become a tutor at an adult reading center. Build a big ass library and/or museum -- probably related to oral history. Commission someone to write a book about my people, turn it into a documentary and lobby Congress to make it a part of school curriculum. Run for city council. That's more than 5 but there is way too much in life to do with an unlimited amount of money.

5. List five things you do that help you relax.
Take a bubble bath, get a pedicure, type long ass e-mails, call one of a few choice good friends, post to the blog.

Does anyone else listen to BBC Radio 1 on the internet? This morning there's some contest involving describing rugby in 30 seconds.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

exciting events on the horizon:

kickball birthday party to attend
won tickets to Puccini's Turandot
our heater being fixed hopefully tomorrow

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space.
Four-kid pileup

2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer.
Hippie yuppie

3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime.
Meditative, tactile, productive

4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day.
Suburban momathon automobilebound disciplinarianism

5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life.
Balanced, nomadic, appreciative, rippling, MINE.

Belching is OK among close friends. Hell, I admit to participating in belch contests. But it's not cool when someone you met 30 minutes earlier belches, and as a result you can smell the onions that he inhaled during his last meal. How is that OK?

1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space.
Endearing.

2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer.
High-strung yet good-natured.

3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime.
Exaggerated, meticulous, light-hearted.

4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day.
Short-lived, incongruent, inquisitive, gregarious.

5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life.
Full, satiable, influential, passionate, loud.

My new computer is going to cost me an extra hundred bucks because the nerd guy told me that it probably wouldn't run right without an upgrade to Windows XP. The expense of this new machine is now 2.5 times what I had budgeted to spend on it. I hope it blows my ass out of my ear, because its putting a hurt on my finances.

With the fast over I'm supposed to be drinking nothing but OJ for two days. I cheated a little yesterday and ate a handful of cashews. Blake has some sort of sushi dinner planned for Andrew and I. Sounds awesome.

The band is working on three new songs. One, (the best of the three) sounds like Karate, with me playing the Geoff Farina style guitar leads. Me handling the guitar solo is rare enough, but over weird jazz chords its rarer still. Another sounds like The Flaming Lips meets Sigur Ros. If we had an Ebow to make the strings hum, it would be easier to get the sound we want. I think I'm developing a reputation as someone who's impossible to please. I drove Amy crazy last night about her bass line on this song. I wanted it to have a kind of Jackson 5 sort of forward bounce and she wasn't getting it. I should just trust her instincts though, because she's really the most talented of all of us. She's never let us down thus far. The last song is almost a adult contemporary country thing, like Tift Merritt or John Hyatt would sing. We're a long ways off on this one. It still sounds a little empty.

I don't have any work to do until one of my flaky coworkers gets in and sends me an email with the info. So, I wait.

The heat in out house is scheduled to be fixed this morning. It will be good to have heat. It feels like a Russian prison in there.

This is my last week at Carson-Dellosa. There's a chance I could get a full time job here at some point in the future. I've got my fingers crossed. I really like this place very much.

Monday, November 17, 2003

yeah i have to agree with zachary. i mean, yeah it can be a turnoff sometimes, but i think i'm ok with diggin a dude who belches out loud in public every now and again. i do it. sometimes. but i do also 99% of the time follow it up with a very high pitched "excuse me."

anyway. i'm still computerless at home. it's so frustrating. zach i wish you well with your new toy/baby. i got to hang out with and see Charles yesterday when he was up here with The Weather. they are a fun time.
also, on friday we (work) did an event which brought down our old program director, (who is now in buffalo at the squeaky wheel, the place where JT sometimes teaches and which Tony Conrad (i believe) is a co-founder of). anyway. so i got a nice taste of the buffalo independent media making scene. i diggit... i'm starting to brainstorm on a project i wanna do... preferably with mr. rinker's help. i'm also subtly trying to talk my boss into sending me up there (i mean... paid) so i may do a week long residency and maybe get to stay in the pillow room. we'll see.
also, saw VATech almost lose to Temple on saturday... wow, that woulda been rough. even for a non-football fan. hokie power, i guess.
i will stop rambling, i will answer fri five when i am less of a spazz.

The fast ended yesterday, but I've got two days on
nothing but liquids. Orange juice, water mostly.
Some miso soup tonight.

I bought a new computer on Friday. Hopefully, I'll be
able to go pick it up today. I'm confident these
upgrades well open all new vistas of porn consumption.
My old computer (RIP) started making an air raid
siren noise. Literally. I nearly shit on myself.

I dicked around on Saturday. Our heater is broken
(being fixed today), so being in the house was not
such a great option. I watched Master and Commander
(good) and played Uno with some kids at a coffeeshop
downtown (fun). Not much else.

Angie - Burps come off a little gross, I guess. But, I think it's less attractive to be totally intolerant of burps (and farts), than to let em rip every once in a while. Burps and farts are fun. They're our bodies way of reminding us, "Hey, things ain't so bad."

More of Angie.

I'm hoping that none of the single boys on this here blog are guilty of this: I met a single boy who thought it was OK to belch in public. He was so offended when I kept calling him the belch king. "But I only belched out loud twice." Twice without excusing himself, more than enough grounds to dub him the BK. I told him he could get over it because I called my pal Troy the cock bitch. I should note here that we were playing a competitive game of 80's Trivial Pursuit at the time. Mike was Brother Love, because we got most of the questions he asked.

The BK will be flying solo for a very long time.....

Friday, November 14, 2003

Sheryl Crow released a remake of "The First Cut is the Deepest." it will be funny to hear little teenie boppers singing a Rod Stewart tune.

Last night I was the first time in a while that I went to a music show. The Jayhawks were playing, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I planned on going solo because they didn't take the stage till 11:30, and most of my friends are in bed by that point. But as it turns out some friends of mine decided to go, so I met them there. It was a great show, I love that they play songs from all of their albums, and they don't fuck up with words, the way that some bands do. The disappointing news: in an interview with the local paper, the lead guy hinted that it may be their last CD/tour. I guess that I would be tired of 18 years of the same thing, too, though.

One thing that I need to do more of: read stories from non-American news sources. A great, quick way is the BBC online. The CBC is good, too. I like the Financial Times, but their online version does not do justice to the print version. And once in a blue moon I will read Aljazeera. Today I read stories about AIDS in a remote Chinese village (in the mid 90's the Chinese gov't encouraged rural villages to sell their blood for plasma, but officials reused needles and dirty equipment, but they are totally ignoring the dying even though they are to blame), and a new South Korean policy to oust illegal workers.

1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space.

unamusing

2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer.

friendly, fleeting

3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime.

frustrating, sporatic, rewarding

4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day.

fuzzy, distracting, disappointed, resigned

5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life.

satisfied, loved, challenged, tumescent, long

Thursday, November 13, 2003

1. What food do you like that most people hate?

Upma, I eat lemons too. I was the only American student in my program who liked the fried tomatoes served as part of a traditional British breakfast. Oh, and the black pudding (what we know as blood sausage).

2. What food do you hate that most people love?

I can't think of one in terms of eating. In terms of prep, I don't mind butchering chicken, beef, or pork. I seriously dislike butchering fish.

3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you?

Brad Pitt. Always has been.

4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find attractive?

Mario Battalli. The man loves what he does, and it shows. Same with Iron Chef Morimoto (ok Upma, now you know the real reason I wouldn't go find out if that was him in the bar).

5. What popular trend baffles you?

My brother does the crooked baseball cap thing just to piss me off (no, really, he does it just to piss me off, and then he straightens it out again).

I was given directions to Margaret Cho's Blog specifically to read her post entitled "The Fuck It Diet." I must say I enjoyed her comparison of "Queer Eye..." to an Amish barnraising as well.

Based on the photo on the Not Martha site, Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'N Bitch book has a pattern for a knit wristband with star that looks almost exactly like the one I made last year. Except my star is fatter and cuter. Hmph.

Control over the island of Kaho'olawe has been transferred from the Navy to the state of Hawai'i (news story here).

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

cross my fingers, hope to get my computer back this weekend.
also, hanging out with some good raliegh folk this weekend.
also, going to a va tech football game this weekend.
goodtimes.

1. What food do you like that most people hate?
i eat lemons.

2. What food do you hate that most people love?
ice cream.

3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you?
i used to say brad pitt, but i'm not sure anymore. definitely britney.

4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find
attractive?
will oldham.

5. What popular trend baffles you?
those mesh slipper/sandals that everyone wore this summer. ew.

That Master Cleanse shit is something else. I've only fasted one or two days in my life. The Catholic church recommends fasting during Lent, but I never do it. If I am exercising a lot, I tend to eat everything in sight. Besides, I figure I make up for it doing other "spiritual works." Like resisting the urge to put a cap in the ass of the mo fo who cuts me off on the way to work. That's plenty good for me on some days.

Have been sick since Friday but needed to be at least upright (per request by the bride) as I was maid of honor in a wedding this past weekend. Still pretty congested and slightly groggy. I don't think that I will be running tonight. Ugh!

Trying to catch up on the rest of life this week. Last night I spent four hours stapling 1000 self-addressed envelopes to membership forms for my civic club. Where oh where does the dedication end?

Bogged down with work projects that were put to the side because of other time sensitive matters.

Happy news of the day: 10 days till the cross continent journey. And, one of my fellow civic club officers complimented me on how well I kept up with my yard. (I "winterized" my grass a month ago, and you can totally tell the difference between my lush, green yard and my neighbor's patchy brown yard. I also sort of cheated because I ended up hiring a lawn guy this week, because I was too congested to be around cut grass, but she didn't need to know that piece of info.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

In my ongoing "kids don't try this at home" vein, I bleached my eyebrows. Instant alien. My hair is currently a sort of caramelly blonde, so the black eyebrows had to go - I have now dyed them to a light bronze-y brown. Very Puffy Amiyumi.

I have seen Elf. I have also neared completion on the scarf I'm knitting for the GetCrafty scarf drive. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Z, I prefer the saltwater as the results are more immediate and short-term, but it's easier if you have your own bathroom.

I saw Elf last night. See this movie or be a cotton-headed ninnymuggins.

I haven't done the saltwater baths, but I have been drinking Smooth Move, which provides quite enough ass-blowouts for the working day, thank you. I might try the saltwater tonight at home, just to see what happens.

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The show went good last night. Me, being the harder on us than anyone, thought we could have done better, but we got a lot of really nice comments. Russell, a local studio guy and soundman at the club really wanted a copy of our record. Paul from Merge said he thought we were great, although he's too nice to not say something like that. Andrew and I talked about our wierd bowel movements from stage the whole time.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Z, you are now an official filthy hippie. My favorite part of that fast is the salt water (and you need to do the salt water, man, believe me). I've actually been thinking about doing Master Cleanse again, also thinking I should wait until after the holidays. The last time I did it was a little tricky as I was in college - it was hard to drink enough of the lemonade between classes, not to mention hauling around a gallon of it with ice packs. I broke the fast with a pound of buttered pasta. Not recommended (I suffered no ill effects but was told later that it could have been a bad scene).

I would like to know what livermush is, but perhaps it is better if I don't know.

Zach - one of my friends did the lemonade fast and as a side effect, it cured his seasonal allergies.

One of my weird food things - at times I crave chicken broth. Like some people would crave chocolate.

I began the Master Cleanse on Friday, making this day four without eating. The whole thing is going well. I'm a little replused by the lemonade, so its been a struggle to get down. Something about it just makes me gag. I do feel slightly better than I did before I started. I'm still have low energy troubles but that's because I drink the minimum amount of the lemonade possible. I'm looking forward to the second half of the cleanse. They say that its all downhill after day five. I've no doubt that it is. Andrew agreed to do this thing with me. His girlfriend, Blake, is preparing us a sushi dinner for when we're done (and safely back on solid foods).

The experience is a little strange. Kainui, have you ever done a fast? Any of you? My mind told me I was hungry on days one and two, but I really wasn't. I'm sitting here right now without the least twinge of hunger. I've even got my subconscious on board with the idea. I don't even feel like I have to eat.

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The band has a show in Chapel Hill tonight with Disband and +/-. Last time we played we were accused of not doing "the hits." It's going to be a hits show tonight.

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Today's work playlist:

Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
No Doubt - Singles
David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name
Kudzu Wish - Reverse Hurricane
Sundays - Reading, Writing, and Arthematic
Skull collection featuring Bobby Womack, Pavement, REM, Curtis Mayfield, and others
Boobs collection featuring Donna Summer, Outkast, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Johnnie Taylor, Talk Talk, and others

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1. What food do you like that most people hate?
I used to love livermush. And I can drink two gallons of V8 in a sitting.

2. What food do you hate that most people love?
I despise onions.

3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you?
I think Juliette Lewis is wicked gross.

4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find attractive?
Boy, I don't even know. I'm generally hot for all women.

5. What popular trend baffles you?
Sleeve-less shirts for men. Actually, the whole metrosexual trend baffles me.

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Boy, I sure ain't working.

1. What food do you like that most people hate?
Beef tendon, tripe, fried pork fat/cracklin', hamhock, kimchee, hog's head cheese (don't even ask 'cuz you really don' t want to know), sushi, tofu, I'm sure there is a lot more to add to this list but nothing else comes to mind.

2. What food do you hate that most people love?
Iceberg lettuce (see post from a month or so ago).

3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you?
Former HUD secretary Henry Cisneros. He's not unappearling, he's just not all that hot. I know there is more, I may just have to come back to this question. In the heated Ben Affleck vs. Matt Damon, I'll take Matt any damn day.

4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find attractive?
Easily, Steve Nash, point guard for the Dallas Mavericks.

5. What popular trend baffles you?
Bashing Middle Easterners for shits and giggles.

http://www.killoggs.com/log/post/2591800/ lists the killoggs kids suggestions on sticker printing. i have no personal experience with it, but they're the ones i would ask.

the big dipper is an awesome costume. i demand photos!

the weather here has been brilliantly clear and freezing cold. like 20 degrees below normal for this time of year. plus my heater is teh suck. fortunately it has gotten nice and gray again. no sun to hurty my eyes, and a nice cloud cover to hold in the moist heat. i love seattle.

finally i will see upma's movie! yay!
i'm still searching for a computer functional enough to listen to the mp3s, zach. since as a non-scientist i get stuck on the shittiest computers at work, i might need to think about upgrading at home.

neither of my parents have ever used an ATM. my dad is fairly computer literate. my mom is most decidedly not.

1. What food do you like that most people hate? i recently discovered that kim chee is not awful. i like the way tiny orange roe on sushi explode and pop in your mouth.

2. What food do you hate that most people love? i can't make myself in cauliflower without gagging, though i don't know if most people ~love~ cauliflower

3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you? i can't even think of a famous person right now.

4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find
attractive? uhhh

5. What popular trend baffles you? shirts with one sleeve

1. What was your first Halloween costume? i think it was a bunny or clown, but i remember the inflatable spider head which still survives and was documented in the mystery camera self portraits (around age 5 - my sister had the inflatable pumpkin head)


2. What was your best costume and why? "the cola wars" was a stellar costume moment as was "apathy." "witch with a b" and "leela from futurama" were less sucessful. leela was questioned if she was a penis since her head was purple and she had only one eye. hardy har.


3. Did you ever play a trick on someone who didn't give you a treat? i am terrible at pranks because i'm bad at surprises and lying


4. Do you have any Halloween traditions? as a kid we'd go to mrs. gerrys house to compare loot. i dressed as some variation of a vampire every year from age 9 till about 21. as an adult, no traditions yet, traditions tend to make things feel like HOLIDAYS. HOLIDAYS make me depressed. halloween is still fun for me so no traditions. although this year i had a neck blow out and missed halloween altogether lying flat on the floor medicating.

5. Share your favorite scary story...real or legend! i've been working the same jobs since age 16. aaaaaah.

i rode (drove) a motorcycle for the first time ever this weekend. still in one piece. sold a painting this weekend to a woman from new york.

Friday, November 07, 2003

I've been spending a lot of time lately staring at the backs of other cars. The flag stickers are getting to me, especially with the ones with slogans like "Fear This" and "One Nation Under God." I want to print up flag stickers that say "Strength in Diversity." Any of you have recommendations for where to get stickers printed?

Did I tell you guys I dressed as the Big Dipper for Halloween - though I really had to lean to the side for people to be able to tell.
The cold weather (50 degrees) here has made me bust out the knitting needles. I'm hoping to give more scarves as gifts this year.
We're having a housewarming party this weekend, and you're all invited. I got around to hanging up my Christmas light collection (I like buying the kinds in wacky shapes - cactus, fish, hearts, etc.) in the back sunroom and in the backyard. Such a flattering source of party light.
The friday five...not sure about those. I'm a pretty picky eater and tend to the norm - though I guess the norm is subjective.

Thursday, November 06, 2003

80+ temperature + 100% humidity + no wind + November (meaning all fans and ACs are store away for the winter) = Shitty fucking weather.

um. 80 degrees really isn't bad weather. are you being fecicious? can i spell? did you know that i got 3rd place in the spelling bee in 5th grade? did any of you see Spellbound? it's fantastic, really.
my short film... the one four of us made a year ago, Child Prodigies: Where Are They Now? will be screening in Seattle next week. It's showing at a most fabulous place, i'm sure i've mentioned it to you all before, called Consolidated Works. It's showing in front of a feature length movie.
details are:

November 14-16
PRETEND
with special guest Julie Talen
Friday - Sunday at 8 pm
Tickets are $7, $5 for Members
ConBar Opens at 7 pm


this week has been very long and hectic... this weekend is the first one in a while where i actually get to relax a little.
am making a deal with myself to lose 5 pounds by thanksgiving, or else something bad will happen.
i'm still sans computer at home. it is most frustrating... there is much work i wish to do.

Weather in Greensboro is bad. Really bad. It's overcast and wet, and yet still somehow 80 degrees in November. The air feels like a warm burp. Last night I woke up four times. I put away my fans and things because, you know, its fucking November, so there was nothing to do but sweat.

So, now I'm at work, with air conditioning. I'm going to fall asleep all day long. I'm proofreading a Christian activities book. I know its for private schools and church classes and stuff, but its really strange to proof something that has such a rigid viewpoint. I'm used to doing public school books, where you try to be more general. The Christian books are so different. They're written using declarative statements that I wouldn't let slide in another book. They tend to say, "Remember that blah blah IS blah blah." Whereas, another book would probably read, "Think about the ways in which blah blah is blah blah. Discuss why." Its not easier or harder to proof a book like like this, but it is a little less interesting, because I have to apply only grammer and style rules and not the logical rules I apply to everything else.

I should probably get to it.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

From one extreme to another: I found out a few nights ago that my mom has NEVER in her life used an ATM card. Never. The irony? My dad recently purchased an iPod/MP3 player.

I should also mention that my mom works in a computer lab, and my dad has trouble using e-mail.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

It's cute to call these sushi magnets. Although I don't think eggrolls and fortune cookies can be called sushi.

Z, remember us when you are rich and famous.

Monday, November 03, 2003

1. What was your first Halloween costume?
I was Tweety Bird probably at age 4.

2. What was your best costume and why?
I don't dress up very often. Everyone really liked my Charlie Chaplin costume though.

3. Did you ever play a trick on someone who didn't give you a treat?
Nah.

4. Do you have any Halloween traditions? (ie: Family pumpkin carving, special dinner before trick or treating, etc.)
Nope.

5. Share your favorite scary story...real or legend!
Best story this year: the 4 and 5 year olds from the lab school came trick or treating. This little boy dressed up in a fury brown, black and white costume (his head was off b/c it was hot) started walking toward me. I said to him, "You must be a bear, can you growl for me?" He says, "I'm not a bear, I'm a dog!" I said, "A dog? Well can you bark for me?" He starts "Rrrrf Rrrrf'ing" down the hall. Too cute!

I live in such a small world it seems. Over the last three months I have run into people I knew in college -- it had been years since I saw any of them. Today it was a girl that was in a service organization that I was really active in. Now she is a student advisor and has been on campus since June.

Two songs from the Dawn Chorus album. Both are unmastered, so judge not the volume and lack of overall EQ.

I sing the first. Andrew sings the second.

The Ocean is Wide

Blue

Saturday, November 01, 2003

1. What was your first Halloween costume?
The Kermit the Frog costume that my mother made. I was a darn cute frog. Photos still around somewhere.
2. What was your best costume and why?
The Dead Goldfish Fairy, which has been used twice so far. Was most successful when my hair was long and crimson and tied up into horns on my head. Best because at first glance, people saw glittery fairy, then upside down goldfish stuck in my hair. Good conversation starter.
3. Did you ever play a trick on someone who didn't give you a treat?
Baby, everyone gives *me* treats.
4. Do you have any Halloween traditions? (ie: Family pumpkin carving, special dinner before trick or treating, etc.)
Does watching "Army of Darkness" count?
5. Share your favorite scary story...real or legend!
Use of tampons will leave strands of chlorinated cotton embedded in the cervix.