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31 October 2011 @ 09:18 pm
The Great Sheep decided not to post my last entry, which I wrote on... Thursday? Friday? so I'm applying for approval again. And all the cool kids are doing it. ;)

I have failed to be more communicative.

I believe I mentioned when I first started this thing that it was a way to fill the hours when I didn't have any work but was chained to my desk. Because I no longer have said desk, there are other ways to fill the time. I did have another desk, but was way too busy at it to do much of anything but work. I know, right? Weird.

I suppose I could give another semi-detailed list of the continuing roller-coasterlike ups and downs of the last year or so, but I'm not entirely sure I want to put the effort into remembering and recounting them. While a few events of note too place, nothing too too drastic has happened——either for good or bad——which I guess means that I live in boring times. And isn't that supposed to be a good thing? Personally I don't think I would mind having a little bit of a (positive) shakeup now and again.

For now I leave you with wishes for a good weekend and, in case I don't remember to post before, a good year.
 
 
Feelin': contemplativeand a little cranky
 
 
 
Stufsocker: bibliomaniac
In the last year, these big things happened:

1) After losing job, got hired back as a temp, ended assignment, got new job at textbook company, faced incredibly hostile environment for many months before a sudden change and things got good and I got respect but didn't get a full-time job. That ended again last week. Boooo, whore.

2) We became homeowners. That is official as of today, thankyouverymuch. It's extremely nerve-wracking considering 1), but it's also exciting. We paint on Sunday.

3) My dad was in a massive car accident, after which they diagnosed him with cancer. After months of chemo and a big surgery in Houston, it seems he's in remission. It was a frightening time.

4) Took a real vacation for the first time since Hawaii in 2006-ish, and this travel involved NONE of the family. Awwwwesome. We hit Chicago for my birthday and San Francisco/Napa for our 5th anniversary.

5) I was in three (THREE) car accidents, none of which were my fault and two of which required about $6k of repairs each. Thankfully, the car wasn't totalled at any point. The last one, on December 31, screwed up my shoulder and I'm in physical therapy for a damaged rotator cuff now. Awesome.

So a year of big ups and big downs. I'll try to be more communicative in the future. Cheers.
 
 
 
Stufsocker: bibliomaniac
15 June 2009 @ 02:52 pm
This weekend was a pretty good one, other than the fact that it's now the middle of June and it's still averaging around 60 degrees and cloudy/raining every day.

Shabbos was pretty standard. We had dinner by ourselves (I made a weird soup: no-chicken broth with charred onion, diced tomato and zucchini, shredded carrots, shredded ginger, star anise, a cinnamon stick, allspice, turkey meatballs, rice noodles, cilantro and scallion, and sambal oelek, our go-to soup spicer-upper.) before walking over to visit our friends, where the last game of the Stanley Cup finals was ignored by me and passivelty watched by the Mister. Then I fell asleep on their couch for 15 minutes. After I woke up we walked home. The next day we went to shul, came home, had lunch (Thai chicken salad with peanut lime sauce, spicy wontons, brown rice with more scallions and diced green pepper), and then went to an interesting lecture on woman, Judaism, and ritual. After the lecture we played a game of Rummikub with the in-laws before setting out to chit the chat with some friends down the hill from us.

Yesterday we were in the city to represent Stamford at the Orthodox Union's emerging communities fair. It was an interesting time. I saw several people there that I hadn't seen since at least 1999. (It's fun reintroducing yourself to people that you haven't seen in that long, even if you have been keeping up with each other on Facebook.) There were other people there that we knew through friends or that we just met, but also happened to be friends of friends, like the guy from Houston who lives literally right next door to our friend Rhoda. He invited us over for BBQ whenever we're in town.
After our shift was finished we went uptown, got some sushi, walked around the street fair set up in the north-bound lanes of Broadway, get wonderful gelato at Grom (I got pistacchio and Turinese chocolate with hazelnuts), met up with the Mister's sister's family, hung out a little while longer, and went home. Thankfully, the day was sunny and I feel like I got a little Vitamin D or whichever it is that I'm probably extremely deprived of.

Today it's back to the office grind. Still need to find a job. Still completely miserable where I am. Still suffering insomnia effects from waking up at least a half dozen times every night thanks to lots of snoring going on next to me. I really need things to change.

And now a meme. Like the book meme going around, but with albums. I first got it from Bob on Facebook but then saw it on LJ and I wasn't exactly doing much else at the moment.
15 albums that influenced you (and why)Collapse )
 
 
 
Stufsocker: bibliomaniac
09 June 2009 @ 02:14 pm


Just because it's kinda cool and the music's reeeeeal purty.
 
 
 
Stufsocker: bibliomaniac
08 June 2009 @ 09:44 am
I haven't posted because I had to recover from the stress of traveling and then the stress of getting back to work and THEN prep to have one guest over (with his dogs) and another surprise guest this week. It's been INSANE.

So I've been kind of busy lately.

Chi-town
Chicago was amazing and I would totally go back there for another vacation. We stayed in some beautiful places at very reduced rates thanks to Priceline. Like the Hyatt Regency in the middle of downtown Chicago right off the magnificent mile, for $60 a night WITH a free bump up to have an amazing free breaky in the morning, and a suite at the Fairmont for $180 a night that we split with friends. (The week before our trip, the lowest successful bid on the same kind of room, if not slightly not as good, was $295. Insane!)

We loved the Art Institute and might have spent juuuust a little too much time there because we only had about an hour and a half at the Museum of Science and Industry (former site of the 1893 Columbian Exposition Fine Art Pavilion, one of the only buildings that didn't burn to the ground in 1895, 1938, or 1940-something). We walked the shopping district; took the L a couple of times; had awesome (AWESOME) dining experiences; spent a nice couple of days in Champaign-Urbana and got a private tour of the Krannert Theater, one of the most acoustically perfect spaces in the world; had fun running around Millennium/Grant park, and had an all-round fun and exciting time. But Ohhhhh the pain. My feet are STILL trying to recover from all the walking and blisters and continuing metatarsal something-itis. But it was worth it.

TRAVEL
Getting back home wasn't so great though. It was our third trip in a row that caused us great stress and involved massive delays. First Hawaii when we got delayed 3.5 hours and then missed our connecting flight by less than 5 minutes; then Florida to Detroit to White Plains, which ended up being Florida to Detroit for 9.5 hours, and then to Bradley/Hartford; and now Chicago with a delay from 5am to 1pm, arriving home at 4pm. Not a good time had by either of us, and we were lucky ones on our flight. We also got two $250 vouchers for future travel, but we have to use it within the year. So where should we go?

THIS WEEKEND
A friend stayed over after calling Thursday night to say he wanted to come over. It was okay though because he's actually a really good house guest, unlike certain other people who have stayed over recently. We had a great meal with friends on Friday night, had more friends (and family) over for lunch on Saturday (and it was delicious!) and even got to hang out in the park and play backgammon and frisbee and shoot the sh!t with the kids.

Yesterday we went into NYC for the Egg Rolls and Egg Creams street festival on the Lower East Side. There were all kinds of goings-on like challah braiding, face painting, music, mah jongg, tours of the Eldrige St. Synagogue, crafts for sale, etc. It was an amazingly beautiful day and we were hanging out with friends we haven't seen in a long while, so it was really nice. After a quick conversation with the SIL, we set off on a LES shopping spree. We went to Guss' pickles (sourkraut and a quart of mixed new and 1/2 sours), the Pickle Guys (Greek olives and pepperoncini), an amazing candy store (a $7 ancho chile and jalapeño dark chocolate bar from Vosges), Kossar's Bialys, and a 99cent store where we acquired 4 noodle soup bowls, reusable chop sticks, and a cute little dish towel with anime bunnies.

After we were shopped out we went to dinner at Buddha Bodai, an amazing vegan kosher Chinese restaurant way down at the southern-most end of Mott Street, and got a parking space right in front of the restaurant. We got 2 HUGE bowls of BBQ "beef" noodle soup with collards that were shared between couples, Pad Thai, sweet and sour riblets, steamed dumplings and fried taro duck, all for a grand total (before tip) of $52. It really doesn't get much better than that.

So that's my fantabulous weekend. Now I'm back at work and writing this made me remember that the fancy chocolate is still in my purse. Heehehee.
 
 
 
Stufsocker: bibliomaniac
05 June 2009 @ 09:36 am
Wow. This is surprisingly accurate to how I feel. WTG, blogthinger.

You Are Intuitive
You are very sharp and shrewd. You can see the best and worst sides of people.

Right now, you are seeking a new challenge and a complete life change.

You are drawn to people who are passionate and deep.

You feel like there are a few minor things in your life that need to be changed.

You make a lot of course corrections in your life. Your first reaction is usually not your final verdict.


Things are interesting right now. There's a lot we've just done and a lot still to do and sprinkled around are little bits of strange, frustrating, and ultimately not surprising events. I love how every six months or so I feel like I really need a therapist. It's like a semi-annual emotional crazy cycle that has become almost predictable. Weird.
 
 
 
Stufsocker: bibliomaniac
03 June 2009 @ 10:38 am
I just laughed until I started tearing up. Ohhhhh, good times. A little late, but I met Dom DeLuise once and he was so nice and just as adorably funny in person. So RIP Dom. Aw :)

 
 
 
Stufsocker: bibliomaniac
06 May 2009 @ 09:48 am
Last night I got a full sleep! I didn't wake in a stupor or almost fall over from exhaustion-induced dizziness or anything like that! And it's SUNNY!

But there's this: A full night's sleep brings a full night's dreaming.Collapse )

So... I told my mother I'd come visit this weekend for Mothers' Day. My mom wrote on Facebook that she has the flu, but is ignoring it. She's also got lupus, so she's kind of immunocompromised as it is. And I don't want to get sick if I have to get on an airplane soon. Although soon = 2 weeks, but any day I miss work is a day I don't get paid. So I don't know what to do. What should I do??


And now, the results of my personality defect test: RobotCollapse )
 
 
 
Stufsocker: bibliomaniac
28 April 2009 @ 04:50 pm
Here  
Have a funny cat video: http://video.yahoo.com/network/100000086?v=4956499
 
 
 
Stufsocker: bibliomaniac
24 April 2009 @ 09:34 am
I'm having a good hair day! I'm having a good hair day! It's about flipping time.

I'm also tired. Very tired. I haven't slept through the night in weeks and in the last week I've been up for a couple of hours in the early early early morning thanks to someone, not mentioning any names, DANIEL, who has gone back to snoring so loudly that I've had to remove myself to the much less comfy guest bed or sofa. And while there I still have to wear ear plugs because I can still hear him.

Tonight we'll be in the city so we can attend the new neice's naming tomorrow morning and a party Sunday morning. It's supposed to be in the 80s this weekend. How crazy is that? I'm hoping that the Great Lawn in Central Park will be open, but probably not. This would be optimal frisbee weather. I should remember to bring a water bottle to town.

This morning for breakfast I made myself a grilled cheese sammich on 12 grain bread and now I have so much energy and hardly anything to do with it. DAMN YOU CUBICLE!!! I might have to do a bunch of stairs soon.

And why do the good sales come up when I don't have a credit card? I ask you. Damn you, South Korean credit card thief!

And now a meme ganked from noodle_nose:
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It's a way to kill some time.

In the middle of this I got a visit from the IT guy. Heh. *sigh*
I needs to finds a new business location.