April 29, 2004

I think I'm getting sick. My nose is running, my head is congested, my body aches and I can't eat anything without feeling nauseous.

And I am so pissed off about it. I made it through a nasty, soggy, icy winter without getting so much as a sniffle. Then as soon as the weather starts getting nicer, I feel too shitty to get up and go outside.


April 28, 2004

It's been a while since I've read a good book. For someone with a normally insatiable appetite for reading, this is quite unusal. I also haven't read anything serious in quite some time. The last few books I've read, with the exception of a few non-fiction titles, have been engrossing but easily forgotten paperbacks usually selected from the rack at the grocery store. Mostly thriller/mystery novels, good for a few hours entertainment on a dull afternoon.

But I'm starting to crave serious literature again. I've been tempted to dig through some boxes in the basement for my copy of Hamlet, because I'm in need of some thought-provoking reading. Plus, I always loved Shakespeare.

Now I sound pretentious. Dammit.

April 26, 2004

Just because you're not feeling well, doesn't mean you can be a jerk to me. I would be happy to do something to make you feel better, but not if you are going to snap at me and bitch about every little thing. I know there are things I need to get done, but having you get on my case in that asshole tone is not going to make things get done any faster.

Take some medicine and chill out. When you no longer feel the need to take your misery out on me, I will be more than willing to talk with you.


It's finally summer here in the Northwest, and it's about damn time. Eighty-degrees and sunny, with just a bit of a breeze. It's perfect. I'm thinking I should enjoy it while it lasts, because next week we will probably be back to cold and rainy. Joy.

Five things I love about summer:
1. Walking around barefoot.
2. Soaking up sun in my backyard.
3. Sunny days make for great black and white photography.
4. Nights when it's still warm so you don't have to wear a jacket.
5. Going downtown just to people watch. Not fun to do when it's wet and cold.

April 24, 2004

So, despite the fact that I went out to a bar tonight, there will be no incoherent drunken posts. Instead, you'll get a semi-coherent post about absolutely nothing. Yay!

Fun was had tonight, it was good to just get out of the house for a bit. Spent some time with my Best Friend and her boyfriend, which is always a good time. Loving Boyfriend didn't go out, as he is not the bar type. And seeing as I rarely go out myself, that isn't really a problem.

You see, I rarely drink. Both Best Friend and I turned 21 in November, and I haven't been to a bar since we celebrated her birthday. The roommates sometimes have a few beers or cocktails here at home, but it's not really my thing. So tonight was a treat for me.

Headed out of the house about 11:30, made it downtown by 11:45 and then spent half an hour looking for parking before giving in and paying to park. Spent another 15 minutes deciding where to go, settled on a place that isn't too crowded and doesn't overcharge for drinks. (Plus, the place we decided on is known for having strong drinks.)

Two hours and four cocktails later, we weren't exactly ready to go home, but couldn't stay at the bar. So, it was time to go play some pool. Which, I might add, is hard to do when one has been drinking, and also when one is wearing knee-high boots with a three inch heel. Despite the odds stacked against me, (being intoxicated and blonde) I managed to stay upright and even won a game of pool. Either I was very good, or everyone else was very bad. I would guess the latter.

Now I'm home, safely snuggled in my pajamas and sweatshirt. My buzz is pretty much gone, although things are still a little spinny if I close my eyes. It only took two attempts to log into my Blogger account, so I think I am doing alright. I'm quite hungry, but don't think I will eat before bed as that would require some kind of coordinated action.

I think I'll head off to bed now, stopping for a glass of water on the way. I don't think I drank enough to get a hangover, but I'll take a few advil before bed as a preventative measure. I'm sure I'll be sleeping soundly tonight.

Hope this entry made some sense, I tried my best. I think I spelled everything correctly, thanks to liberal use of the backspace key. If not, try not to tease me too much, seeing as this is the first time I have ever posted while under the influence of anything. I think I am rambling now so I'll shut up.

G'night. :)

April 23, 2004

I think my neighbors are the leaders of a Volkswagen cult.

They bought a shiny new Passat about a year ago, and since then everyone who has visited their house is driving a new Volkswagen. So far I've seen one other Passat, two Jettas, a Passat Wagon and a Beetle.

Weird, no?

April 20, 2004

You know who is stupider than the girl who bangs her head on the sink as she bends over?

The girl who also bangs her head on the way back up.

All hail Queen of Stupid.

(This blonde moment brought to you by a 4:30 am bedtime.)

April 18, 2004

In Kill Bill there's this song, whistled by the character Elle Driver as she walks through the halls of a hospital.

Am I the only person who has this song repeating in their head INCESSANTLY???

I suppose it's better than "My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard..."

Everyone has been talking about Kill Bill, Volume 1. Finally, I know why they are talking.

This movie rocked. The story is fantastic, the fight scenes are spectacular, the characters are fascinating and Tarantino's direction is amazing. It's an incredibly bloody, glamorous, over-the-top movie that kept me glued to the screen. I loved it.

Besides, it's nice to see hot chicks kicking ass with style.

Now I have to convince Loving Boyfriend that Volume 2 will be worth the ridiculous ticket prices at the theater.

April 17, 2004

I don't mind that my roommates' friends are staying the night over here.
I don't mind that they took over the TV.
I don't mind that they sat up chatting in the living room, which is normally where I chill out by myself during the night.
I don't mind that I have to tiptoe around the living room to avoid waking them as they sleep on an air matteress in the middle of the floor.
Really, none of that bothers me.

What does bother me is that one of them snores so loud that it's drowning out my mp3s.

At least it's only for one night. *sigh*

April 15, 2004

There's nothing I love more than buying a venti caramel frappuccino, going home and promptly dropping it on the floor.
Shit like that just makes my day.


I forgot to mention that I had the single most bizarre dream last night. Seriously, I cannot recall ever having a dream as vivid and surreal as this one.

I'm in the process of writing it up, and it's taking some time because I really want to convey what it was like. It's been a while since I've written anything substantial, so I've got to get back into my "writing groove". Which usually involves blasting some mp3s into my headphones and zoning off into msWord.

Off I go.

I eat ice.

For example: if I buy cup of soda from someplace, (McD's and the like), I will drink my soda and then eat the ice. I don't know why, it's just what I do.

According to my Loving Boyfriend, this makes me weird.

Tell me something I don't know.

April 14, 2004

I don't claim to be a basketball fan. I don't claim to know that much about basketball.

But when the Lakers are playing on Blazers' turf, you bet your ass I am watching that game. You see, I hate the Lakers. (Sorry Yvonne, but it's true.) I can barely stand watching them, although watching them lose makes it a little easier. Granted, the Blazers were already out of the playoffs but this game was a matter of pride. There is no team more despised by a Blazer fan than the Lakers. It's practically written in stone.

Tonight? Double OT. Shaq fouled out of the game. Blazers and Lakers were within one shot of each other. Blazers almost had the game at the end of the 2nd OT. Kobe gets possession with 1 second left on the clock. I was preparing my "HAHAHA Lakers suck!" dance, when Kobe shoots for a 3... And makes it at the buzzer.

I hate the Lakers.

Main template issues have been resolved! I should be getting it up later tonight, I just have to add all my links, info and such. It will be done before I go to bed.

Many thanks to Urlacher54, who helped me out. You rock!

Update: New template, you like? It still needs some work, but I needed it to be public so I can really see what I am working on. I have 1 major issue to deal with. Joy.

1. I need to change my archive templates, because if you click any of my archive links on the left, they're still shown with my old template. Bah.

And I still need a title image, I know. That's on the bottom of the list for now.

April 13, 2004

I'm back to tweaking on my template, because I am determined to be able to use it by tonight. I've solved most of my problems, with the exception of 2. (You can see the template so far here.)

1. I need the left-hand column to remain the same size. Right now, it expands to match the length of the right-hand (main) column. This bugs me.

2. I want about a 4 pixel padding between the two columns, but I don't know what I should be changing to make that work.

I also need a title image, but I'm not too concerned with that right now. As always, any help is greatly appreciated.

CBS is running President Bush's speech on a delay (I can tell because boyfriend downstairs is watching on a different channel, and I can hear the difference.)

Are they afraid he's going to have a "wardrobe malfunction" or something?


I'm giving up on the template tonight, before my head explodes.

Normally, when I have an issue I can usually figure out what different things mean, and I can fix it myself. But the code for this layout is more advanced than my current template and I'm completely lost. Wah.

I'm really not as technically inept as I appear on my blog, I swear.


I found an awesome new layout, but I'm having some issues customizing it.

Originally the layout had 3 columns; the left was personal info, the middle was a picture, and the right was where the blog entries go. Well, I didn't like the middle column (I want the picture above my posts, instead of next to them) so I took it out. But then the borders for remaining 2 columns expanded to fit the page, which was not what I wanted. You can see what I am talking about here. (Note the banner ad won't be present once I move the template to this site.)

The border for the left column needs to have a 1 pixel padding from the text, all the way around. Right now, there's a big gap on the right side of this column. It also needs to remain the same size, no matter how long the right-hand column grows.

I have no issue with the column on the right, really. It's at about the size I want it.

Did that make any sense? This is why people like me should not screw around with code (but that's what happens when you're too broke to pay someone to do it for you). If you can help me out, please email me. I can send the code too, if necessary.

Help me and I will love you forever. :)

April 12, 2004

I've changed my font, but I haven't decided whether or not I like it yet.

I'm also considering changing my layout, because I am a little bored with the one I have now.

It doesn't take me long to get tired of something that I have to look at every day. I change my desktop wallpaper everyday, if not twice a day. I tweak my Windows settings, always looking for a color scheme more interesting than the one I had last week. If I can change or customize something in any way, I will. I don't know why, I just feel this compulsive need to make things suit me better.

Just another one of my weird little quirks.

It's 4am.

I am thinking I should probably go to bed.

April 11, 2004


April 09, 2004

Survivor All-Stars thoughts, as promised.

1. "When I need to cash in with Rob, I'm sure he'll deliver. He's good on his word." Riiiiiight.

2. I understand that Boston Rob cares about Amber. But I was seriously tired of watching him mope around because he thought she might be voted off. Does he realize that he's showing off his one true weakness? He needs to check himself and keep his head in the game, Amber or no Amber.

3. Boston Rob is a busy little bee, running around making alliances with everyone. I'm hoping that he does realize that he won't be able to keep all his promises that he made to his tribmates, and he'll eventually have to betray someone. And then I hope it comes back to bite him in the ass.

4.The Reward Challenge was interesting, it made me think of Musical Chairs. I wasn't really rooting for anyone in particular while they were grabbing for the pots, but I was hoping that Lex would win the Final Round.

5. I think that Rupert's decision to take Amber and Jenna wasn't that smartest thing he could have done, strategy wise. It might have been better for him to choose at least one person from the original Mogo Mogo, (Lex, Kathy or Shii-Ann.) He then could have gotten a feel for the other tribe, and maybe even made an alliance that would protect him after the merge. Rupert seems to be more of an emotional player, than a strategic one.

6.Finally, the merge. The show is going to get much more interesting, because there it tons of "original tribe" loyalty (as is demonstrated later in this show.) With Mogo Mogo outnumbering Chapera, there is the distinct possibility that the Mogo Mogo folks will remain loyal to each other and vote off the Chaperans one by one (with the exception of Amber.) It doesn't seem like the members of either tribe are making an effort to create alliances with their (former) rival tribe.

7. Awww... Boston Rob and Amber are so cute, sitting and scheming together. Bleah.

8. The Immunity Challenge was the first individual immunity, with the added bonus of 1 man and 1 woman receiving immunity. During the first round, I was rooting for Lex/Rupert and Kathy/Jenna. Too bad it didn't work out that way, and turned out to be Rob/Lex and Amber/Kathy. I didn't care too much about which woman won immunity, but I was glad it was Kathy. During the guys' round, however, I was rooting for Lex the whole time. It was a close race before Lex pulled into the lead. I only wish he had been able to keep it.

9. Lex realized too late that saving Amber and trusting Boston Rob was a really stupid thing to do. (See comment #1) Don't get me wrong, I think Jerry is all kinds of whiny and annoying, but I would rather see her around than see Boston Rob get his way.

10. I don't like Boston Rob. More accurately, I despise him with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns. What he did to Lex was just dick, straight up. I can't stand his attitude or his arrogance. This is why I hope all his scheming and planning comes back to bite him, hard. Yeah, he's just playing the game, and someone has to be the asshole. But just because he's playing well doesn't mean I can't want to shove sand up his nose every time he gets that smug, smarmy look on his lying face. So there.

11. I was truly hoping that Kathy would give up her immunity to Lex. She was clearly thinking about it... I'm wondering why she didn't. She said herself that she doesn't want to be there, why the sudden change of heart? It pained me to see the stunned look on Lex's face, when she said she had decided to keep her immunity at Tibal Council. He was blown away, and also coming to the realization that his time was up. Poor Lex.

12. I'm really disappointed that Lex is gone. He was one of my favorite players, and an all-around entertaining guy. I'm sad to see him go. Wah.

13. Is it just me, or did Shii-Ann not have any dialogue during this episode? Not that I'm complaining. Did anyone else notice who she voted for? Grrrrr.

Sometimes I wonder if I get a little too into this show.

William Hung is on Jay Leno tonight...

It's almost painful to watch.

April 08, 2004

Detailed Survivor All-Stars thoughts tomorrow, I promise. For now, some super-quick observations.

1. The Tribal Mix-Up was certainly interesting, I certainly don't envy Amber's luck.

2. I'm wondering if I should start calling Boston Rob "Godfather Rob", after that comment he made to Lex at the end of the Immunity Challenge. *snerk*

3. Am I the only one that noticed that all the Survivors are wearing blue buffs in the promos for this week's episode?

That's it until I see tonight's episode.

I got a very important phone call this week. I've been waiting over a year for this call, and it finally came.

Me : Hello?
Him: Hey Sis... I'm home.

Relief washed over me like a wave, and I found myself struggling to hold back tears. My (only) Brother was deployed to the Middle East early last year. Now he's safely home in the U.S., and I am happier than words can even express.

To those who have lost a loved one, or are still waiting for them to return home, please know that my heart goes out to you.

April 05, 2004

Why can't anything ever be simple? It should be "Insert DVD into DVD-rom. Watch movie." But that would make life easy, and we can't have that now can we?

All I want is to be able to watch a movie on my laptop. If anyone knows anything about DVD decoding or DVD playing software, please email me because I need a little help.

Update: Hee... it works. It seems that WinDVD 4 has a conflict with Netmeeting, and all I needed to do was close NetMeeting.

Guess that "Why can't anything be simple" statement came back to bite me in the ass.

Update #2: I take it back, WinDVD 4 sucks wang and I've chosen a different program to meet my DVD watching needs. Thankyouverymuch.

April 02, 2004

Ever notice how people on TV can look up anything on the internet? They have some Mystery Search Engine that can look up ancient newspaper articles, criminal rap sheets, academic and medical records, as well as government information that would probably be considered "classified." It's amazing.

Google should get in on that.