Thursday, August 31, 2006
Inretstnieg, ins't it? (It's autlclay vrey hrad to type wrods irrcontelcy on purospe!)
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
In the meantime, I have "Aqua Jog Challenge" at the gym tonight, so at least I'll get in a shower there if I can't have one at home. ;)
Things I never saw from my kitchen window in VA: (well, ok, my kitchen didn't actually have a window) a family of deer - a mom and 2 does - trotted by while I was making dinner last night. :) Wasn't fast enough on the camera to get a pic, although I suspect opening the back door would have just scared them away anyhow.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Stolen from Stick
The things I've done are in bold and blue.
**NOTE: The RSS feed of this page for some reason hasn't un-bolded some of Stick's answers. (I do not have any piercings other than my ears, for example.)
01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 10 provinces
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house (condo)
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror.
96. Reared children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days (raft, not canoe)
126. Eaten kangaroo meat (and camel, and alligator, and emu... we were in Australia!)
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone's life
somehow it seems like the ones I have done are the less important ones... I've never saved someone's life, or grown my own veggies or seen the Northern Lights. I may have to come back to this list and highlight the ones I WANT to do for future planning. :)
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I feel like I'm almost as bruised as Alton... my trainer worked me to death tonight! I know I'm gonna be seriously achy tomorrow morning, but it's gonna be worth it, right? Right? I worked every muscle group and then some. ouch. Aleve is my best friend. :)
The head of the center apologized to me for not spending as much time with me as he had hoped... but since he's busy writing a proposal for a petascale supercomputer, I suppose he can be forgiven.
Monday, August 21, 2006
The good news was, I had organized my bathroom, bedroom and kitchen enough to be able to find everything I needed when I was getting ready for work, and I made it there in no time. The bad news was, I left the A/C at 76 degrees (instead of it going up to its balmy 82-degree setting for daytime when I'm not here). If I keep that up, it's gonna be an expensive electric bill. :(
The good news is, I found the Wonder Woman calendar, which I'd been searching for all weekend! It was in the very last box we packed in Arlington, where I stuck the few random things that hadn't fit anywhere else: my MBA diploma, a picture frame, and my ice cube trays -- which I already replaced, but more ice isn't a bad thing when it's 100 degrees outside! The bad news is, as I was putting away the scissors, I cut a hole in my shirt! My blue Superman shirt that I got from the now defunct Warner Bros store many years ago! :(
The good news is, I am blogging from home, which means that the cable guy was here and installed the cable modem, the phone line and the DVR! The bad news is, the DVR box was faulty and he didn't have an extra one in the truck, so he has to come back tomorrow morning and give me a new one. UGH. At least I have basic cable coming in now.
And now the generally positive news. Here are a few more pictures from my busy weekend of unpacking and cleaning up.
My bedroom now has curtains and a full bookcase in the corner. :) As it turns out, I don't really need the dark curtains as much as I did in VA because the backyard tends to be very dark at night, and the sun comes up on the other side of the house. But, they look pretty, don't they? I bought sheets in almost exactly the same shade of deep red - mostly accidentally. ;) And thanks to mom & dad for the lovely patriotic quilt.
I also thought you should see how nicely my washer and dryer fit into their little closet home. I even did a load of laundry on Saturday! The washing machine isn't particularly quiet, but it doesn't try to walk across the floor the way Randall's does! heh.
Friday, August 18, 2006
There's also a few feet of empty space to the left of the sofa, which you can't see in this photo. Must buy bookcases!!
and, here's the bedroom. Since this photo was taken, I actually managed to empty out all but two of these boxes (or, um... moved one or two of them to the other bedroom so they were out of the way), and set up the stereo on top of the little dresser. (Can't unpack without music!)
It's pretty much pitch black in the apartment when all the lights are out - my windows don't face the street except in the kitchen, or when they do they're covered by trees or overhang. I think I might have to get an unobtrusive night light so I can find the bathroom! (that was the bonus of Randall's bathroom - the skylight was very helpful in the middle of the night) :)
I've now started a list of "things to find" in the remaining boxes -- ice cube trays, the little packet of picture-hanging materials, travel coffee mugs (now that the pod coffee machine has arrived - YUM!) ... I'm sure I'm forgetting something.
I will have no Internet access all weekend -- I checked, and there's one wireless connection in the neighborhood; unfortunately, it's WEP-keyed -- so by the time I post next week, there should be a LOT more done in the house! :) Anybody who feels like calling me this weekend... please call my cell! I'm sure I'll need a break!
<--- this is the kitchen, with the empty closet where the W/D will go on Saturday morning. :)
This is the living room. --> Every room has a ceiling fan... it's awesome. If I measured correctly, the LR is about 15' x 12'. That's my front door, but I don't think I'll be using it much since the driveway/garage is right next to the kitchen door. But there is a gorgeous wooden porch out there, which I'll have to photograph later.
This is the master bedroom (below). It's odd, the smaller bedroom has one large closet... the master has two smaller closets. The other oddity is that the air conditioning unit is literally directly outside my bedroom window. But the white noise doesn't bother me, it's actually what puts me to sleep. The window is behind me taking this picture... you get to see more of the room that way.
I didn't take a picture of the small bedroom - there wasn't a way to get a good angle on it. But I did take a picture of the bathroom, with my newly installed shower curtain -- it has a driving across America theme: the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and some other genuinely USA stuff. (Honestly. You're not surprised. But it was on sale for $7.99, so it was a no-brainer!)
Repairs I had to make after the movers left:
1. The backing on my dresser was loose, so the whole thing swayed like a boat on the high seas. Biggest challenge at that moment: Which box held my tool kit with the hammer and extra nails? Luckily, I opened the right box and found them pretty easily. Phew!
2. I managed to break part of my entertainment center putting the extra feet on the bottom of it (for future reference, tipping it to a 45 degree angle onto a small piece of crappy plyboard is a BAD idea) After a quick run to the home improvement store, I had new L-brackets and the whole thing sits nicely now. (it's probably better than it was the first time I put it together!)
Next entry - pics of the place *after* the movers left. Exhausting.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Here's the graphic. See the US down there at the bottom?
In surveys conducted in 2005, people in the United States and 32 European countries were asked whether to respond "true," "false" or "not sure" to this statement: "Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals." The United States had the second-highest percentage of adults who said the statement was false and the second-lowest percentage who said the statement was true, researchers reported in the current issue of Science.
This is what happens when you have a president who believes in intelligent design rather than evolution! (although to be sure, he hasn't evolved himself much past the orangutan stage...ha ha ) I will admit, I always found it hard to reconcile the story of Adam and Eve and X-begat-Y-begat-Z in the Torah with what I had learned about evolution and Darwin in biology class. But I'm much more inclined to go with the SCIENCE of things evolving rather than the belief that something "up there" made us.
There was a great episode of West Wing during last season's presidential campaign when Matthew Santos (Jimmy Smits) was asked about intelligent design when he was speaking to parents at an elementary school. His response:
"As a Catholic who attends church every Sunday, I do believe in God, and my faith tells me that there was a designer behind it all," he says. He goes on to explain that it would be difficult to teach science without the principle of evolution, but goes on to clarify, "I don't think it's contradictory to believe in science and believe in God." Finally he explains that he feels intelligent design should not be taught in science classes because it is not a scientific theory. [emphasis mine. And thanks to the Dickinson College Student Newspaper for a recap of this speech.]
THANK YOU! G-d does not = Science. Religion and Science do not mix. But clearly I'm in the minority in the good ol' U.S. of A. Sad.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Some of them are easy to recognize, like London (top left) and DC (bottom right). Others include Atlanta (MARTA), San Francisco (BART), Paris ( 3rd row, right end), Madrid (3rd row, diamond shape), and New York City (MTA)... pretty cool! -- If you mouse over the logo you should get the city name.
Made from b3co.com!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Austin is such an advanced community - I signed up for my new electric/water/trash service online, too! They sent me a nice confirmation email. I actually had to call and talk to a real person to get my cable/DSL/phone service from Time Warner, which will be hooked up on Monday the 21st. (I have to go almost a WEEK without DSL?!?!) Of course, that depends on when the movers actually arrive with my stuff. Still no word on that, although I found out yesterday that my (132) items have now been loaded onto a truck for transport. Baby steps, I guess.
In the meantime, Thursday night a bunch of us girls from work are going to dinner and up to the new outlet mall in Round Rock... the same one that M and I tried to stop at on our way into town a month ago, but it wasn't open yet! Well, now it is!
Last weekend was pretty tame... Saturday morning I decided it was time I went down to Barton Springs and the park. Here's a map. Genius-girl (that's me) decided to go hiking at noon on a 100 degree day (although around here it doesn't hit 100 until later in the afternoon.) If you look at the map, I hiked from Zilker Park (top right) almost as far as the next little hiker symbol (about a mile) and back. It's a good thing I had Gatorade and an energy bar in the cooler in the car! Phew! After that I came home, rested, showered, napped... and went to dinner with some folks from work. We drove down to The Salt Lick (40 minutes south of town). ABSOLUTELY worth the drive and the ~1 hour wait. This is one of those uniquely Texas places that doesn't have a liquor license, so everyone brings a cooler full of beer/soda/wine/whatever. There's almost as much space for the people hanging out waiting for tables as there is for the actual dining tables. The food was excellent.
This coming weekend's big plan: buying a new Washer & Dryer, to be delivered next weekend. If I don't have working DSL, at least I can have clean clothes! :) [and don't say it, I know, I lead such an exciting life...]
Friday, August 04, 2006
There was a blog posting on the Washington Post website today about "Uncool Songs it's OK to Admit you Love."
Tons of people commented and added their own lists - there is a range of music from the 60's onward... and most of my favorite 80's songs appear (multiple times). This list comes from a posting, toward the end, that made me laugh out loud -- many of these songs were played at my Bat Mitzvah in 1986! When I get an iPod (someday), I'll be putting a lot of these on there!
- Tarzan Boy - Baltimora (the DJ played this by request!)
- I Wanna Be a Cowboy - Boys Don't Cry
- Never Surrender - Corey Hart (oh no, we wanted to hear Sunglasses at Night)
- Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone - Glass Tiger
- And We Danced - Hooters (Yes, I was a HUGE Hooters fan!)
- Walkin' on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves (I still bop around the house when I hear this)
- Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder
- Jungle Love - Morris Day and the Time
- One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head
- Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth
- Cool It Now - New Edition
- Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
- Sugar Walls - Sheena Easton (I think at some point I wanted to BE Sheena Easton....)
- Heaven - Bryan Adams
But then there are the lists that are the same as some of my favorite 80's CDs - they may be cheesy, but I am NOT ashamed to admit I love them. Besides, you all know that by now. ;)
- Jesse's Girl -- Rick Springfield
- 867 -5309 -- Tommy TuTone
- She Blinded Me with Science -- Thomas Dolby
- Take on Me -- A-Ha
- The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels (ok, that one is Bryan's fault, he gave it to me on a mix CD when he was at Emory.)
- Tempted -- Squeeze
- Come on Eileen-Dexy's Midnight Runners
- Always Something There to Remind Me- Naked Eyes
- (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
- Life in a Northern Town - Dream Academy (I believe I had the 45 of this...)
- Time after Time - Cyndi Lauper
- My Sharona- The Knack
- 99 Luftballons - Nena
Any cheesy songs I missed? (opened the floodgates, didn't I?)
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
On Saturday morning, I went to see the Yarn Harlot! It was arranged by Hill Country Weavers, but since their shop is actually quite small, she spoke next door at the Baptist Church. As she said (at the time, and again on her blog), she's probably the first harlot to speak from the church pulpit. :) She's just as funny in person as she is on her blog. And she's cute! (I don't know what I expected... but I don't remember seeing a pic of her before so I was pleasantly surprised.) I think most of her speech was reading from her new book, but I don't have it yet, so I can't say for sure.
I took my knitting bag with me, as did most of the women in the room. I made good progress on Sam's new sweater before and during Stephanie's talk.... that is, when I wasn't laughing hysterically! She told stories, and gave tips on how to spot knitters in a crowd, and sample answers to "Wow, you sure have a lot of yarn" -- my favorite - "Yarn? What yarn?" And while I take pictures of my knitting/crochet work inside my apartment (usually on the sofa), she tends to place her objects either on bushes, or in flowerbeds, or other outdoor lovely places. She said none of her neighbors ever say a word when she's out there putting her half-knitted sweaters in the bushes! I guess they've already decided that she's nuts. ;) If you look at her posting about Austin, you can actually see me in the group picture from the church - top picture, halfway down, along the aisle on the left side, there's a bright turquoise t-shirt. That's me! :)
Anyway, here's a pic of my work on Sunday night (after I had worked on it a while longer... my thumb started to hurt so I had to stop.) You can't really tell, but it's the body of a sweater (knit around sideways) with embellishments every few inches across. The safety pins on either side are where the arm holes are. I'm almost done with the body, next the sleeves!
I also decided to hell with it, and I finished off the Olympic scarf. I mean, really. It started in January. I still need to weave in all the ends. But I just couldn't face lugging the thing around in my knitting bag any more. So here's what it looks like. The yarn is Filatura Llanarota DK, same as for the sweater, although I did buy a nice selection of different colors. I think I still have a few skeins of a nice sea green... got to figure out what to do with it.
Saturday night, RTK hosted a bbq at my house. I mean, his house. :) It was fun, although I got eaten alive by the mosquitoes! He bought enough burgers and dogs for an army... so there's tons of food left over. The freezer is full! Literally half of the people introduced themselves with "I'm Randall's cousin." He has a lot of family around here! Aunt Sally is the best. She gave me a big hug and told me she had seen my announcement in the newspaper. ;) His cousin Sara is coming to Austin soon to go to business school... apparently I may have to share the house with her between when she arrives and when the movers arrive with my stuff at my new place.
Sunday morning I tried a new class at the gym. (This is the one that Jodi recommended last week when I was dying in the locker room.) ...and she was right! It's 15 minutes of spinning, 15 minutes of weight lifting (1 minute intervals rotating from station to station), another 15 minutes of spinning,and 15 more of weight intervals. Then cool down. It was probably the best workout I'd had! I loved it. I told her she was my hero. She thought I was crazy, but that's not news.
In the afternoon, a couple of us drove down to Kyle, TX to a barbecue fundraiser for our co-worker's son. He (Kaleb, known as Kowboy Kaleb cuz he always wears his cowboy hat and boots!) has leukemia. He's 4. He's adorable. He has a miniature horse, named (what else?) Trigger. :) I hope they raised a lot of money. They had a silent auction and a live auction. There were some interesting items... I know my cousins will get a kick out of this -- a guitar signed by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. I think it went for $600.
We'll have to see what fun stuff this weekend holds.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
< / W >
heh. Probably the simplest, best anti-Bush sticker I've seen! (...if you're a computer geek and know that it's written in html) :)
Also on the roads of Austin: Last week, I was on my way to put down the deposit for my new place. I was driving along Lamar in front of a guy in a Jeep Cherokee, who was drumming on his steering wheel along with the music... which wouldn't ordinarily be odd, except he was *using drumsticks* (with both hands) while he was driving!
Only in Austin. :)