Sunday, November 30, 2008

Movin' Out

I wish.

I go through phases with this living arrangement...sometimes I'm thrilled that I live in a beautiful, big house-- with parking-- that's convenient to everything; sometimes I'm at peace with the fact that I have to live here to accommodate my price range and Steve's loud (and clunky) lifestyle (drums and guitar amps); and sometimes I get so freakin' annoyed with everything that comes with having roommates and not living directly in the city.

I'm in that third place right now.

Let me explain my day so far:
I wake up (first, as always), and set up shop on the couch, since 1) I've been sick and 2) it's Sunday. I go to abc.com to watch the latest Pushing Daisies because I was traveling to Steve's parents' house while it was airing. I watch the first few minutes, but then my internet connection craps out. I go downstairs to fix it. When I come back, the couch has been usurped by Gooch, and he's watching TV. Fine, whatever. I move my laptop to the dining room and finish watching. It's not like he can move the TV.

So then, after the show, I go upstairs to relieve myself of liquid waste. When I return, Rob is on my computer. He looks up and says, "Oh, were you on this?" Well, all of my windows like gmail and abc were open.... After a few moments he leaves.

Now. I pay for utilities out of pocket, and when I've calculated what everyone owes, I text them their totals along with a due date (this month's was yesterday). We also agreed that late payments will have a 10% charge tacked on. Gooch kindly gave me his check before the holiday. Rob, however, delivers his check to me today (and both of us had been home since Friday). The following is our conversation:
Me: Did you add the 10%?
Rob: Yeah, right.
Me: A due date's a due date.
Rob: Well look at the date on the check-- it says yesterday.

Had I gotten it yesterday, I would have deposited all of the checks while I was out running errands. But nooooooo. Someone had to be late and inconsiderate.

I'm done.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

This Pleases Me

Bolded are things I've done.
Italicized are things I'd really like to do.
Things I wouldn't rule out are left plain.
Things I'm okay with never doing are crossed off. (EDIT: How do you do a strikethrough on this thing? I'll just underline them.)


1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (The Knur Bunnies!)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity (anytime I give to charity, it's more than I can afford)
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantid
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning (effin' McDonald's)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France (Been to the Louvre, but the her wing was closed)
20. Slept on an overnight train (It hit someone)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (hmm....I think it was a goat)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon (oh HELL no)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (I'd like to bold this, but let's be honest)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted (not painted, but drawn)
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain (remember that song?!)
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (maybe a fish)
88. Had chickenpox (three times. I'm a freak)
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby (no babies!)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit (only if I win)
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

quote, unquote

My trip to Boston was fantastic/hilarious/sweaty/food-filled fun. Some quotes:
"I think that fairies would eat smorbor...wait, I'm not speaking English anymore..."
"Searched far and wide, they did."
"ROLL BOAT!"
"Condom head!"
And my favorite:
Bobbie: What should I do with this headband?
Me: What?
Bobbie: Because I have bangs...and when I dance, they get sweaty, and I need to put them back with a headband. So what should I do with it?
Me: Umm...wear it?
Bobbie: Oh my god, that's genius!

I came back to Philly realizing that I have been so busy, and will continue to be busy through the holidays that I really need to buckle down and do some serious time management. It's one of the things I really love about this season, but at the same time, I am completely exhausted. I'm taking my vitamins because I can't afford to get sick before going to CALIFORNIA for Christmas (I have only one leftover hour of time off between now and the new year).

In other news, a student asked me if I was pregnant today. Helloooo gym!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

good tiiiiimes

Okay, I was missing for a while. This past week, I had at least one additional commitment (besides work)every day...which used to be par for the course, but nowadays is crazy, so I was a little frazzled. That is until I got food poisoning and was out of commission for about 30 hours. I'm fine now, thanks.

So things that happened during my crazy week:
+ The Obama/Biden ticket won the election!!! Thank-freakin-goodness. I like that the t-shirts and button floating around have changed from "Yes We Can" to "Yes We Did." I like the 'tude.
+ Some NJ friends tied the knot. The ceremony was long and Catholic (synonymous in terms of wedding ceremonies, I know), and the reception was lavish and amazing.
+ My good friend from home tied the knot too!* I was unable to attend, but we chatted the night before, and I'm excited to be debriefed tonight when I call my mom.
+ My place of employment had its annual fundraiser at a swanky art gallery. I volunteered, schmoozed, and even won a silent auction item! It was $50 in tattoo services from a specific artist. So ginkgo leaf, here I come!
+ Steve and I FINALLY went to the Mutter Museum today. It was really cool, and I highly recommended it for the strong-stomached and lovers of morbidity.

And now, for TILFT:
1. Dance class on Tuesday! Steve and I take ballroom with some other friends, and of course I love it.
2. BOSTON!!! This weekend, baby! Which means a GirlTalk show, actual girl talk with Hob Bobblin, and lots of catch-up (NOT ketchup) and drinky-poos with the gang.
3. Thanksgiving. Yum.
4. ..and general holidayness. Peppermint mochas, baked goods, tunes, presents, my sparkly neon green tree, and a trip home!!!

*Concluding the 7 weddings of 2008. Whew!