Friday, May 28, 2004

Here is this week's Friday Forum!

[1] What do you think [or hope] the summer of 2004 will be like? I hope this summer won't seem to fly by like others have. I also hope that this will be a productive, but fun summer. There are so many things that I have been putting off (mostly house stuff) that I would really like to get done.

[2] Are you planning any summer vacations, weekend getaways, parties, picnics, outings, etc.? I don't have any specific plans for travel yet, but I hope Cory & I will be able to go away for a long weekend at least. My summer won't be complete if I don't get a chance to see the ocean. Cory's sister is graduating from high school on June 26th and his family is having a big party afterwards at their house. Other than that my calendar for the summer is empty, for now. I would like to take a few day trips on the weekends and I definitely want to go back to New Paltz a few times.

[3] What has been the best summer of your life thus far? Hmmm.... probably the summer of 2001. That's the summer I went on a road trip to Maine with my friends Nicki & Cheryl. We camped up there for about 3 or 4 nights, and my relatives were renting a cottage up there at the time so I got to spend time with them too. The day after we got back to NY I went to a concert in Hartford, CT with Cory and Nicki. That was a great week :)

[4] What is your area's summertime weather usually like? Upstate NY has such strange weather, especially in the summer. One day it can be almost 100 degrees sunny and humid, and then the very next day it will be windy and cold. I think the weather here during the summer isn't so bad, but then again I don't have much else to compare it to since I have never been anywhere outside of the northeastern US.

[5] What are your favorite summertime foods/drinks? Boneless barbecue chicken, fruit (especially plums and nectarines), and raw sugar snap peas.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Guess I have been in a slump lately. I haven't had much to blog about.

I have so much to do, so much I need to do and so much I want to do, yet I seem to be getting nothing done.

~ Must send transcript requests out ASAP. I have been putting this off forever and it's delaying my financial aid since I am officially accepted to the college until they receive my transcripts.

~ Must plant flowers in my yard soon! Cory finished building a raised flower bed for me last night, but now I have to level the ground where I want to place it.

~ Must clean my mess of a house and finish painting my kitchen, which we started painting last August or September if I remember correctly.

~ Must gather many things that I want to sell on EBay. I have never sold anything there before, but I could use the extra cash and I have lots of "junk" sitting around, taking up precious space in the house so it seems like a good thing to do.

~ Want to take Delilah to PetSmart to be bathed and groomed. She really needs a haircut for summer because she is such a puff ball. We have been told by more than one person that she looks like a sheep (at least from behind she does, thanks to my fur cutting skills when I decided to get rid of all of the hair on the back of her legs!) Not sure how much this will cost though.

~ Want to work on some art/craft stuff.

~ Want to watch many, many movies.

~ Want to bake something. Yeah, I don't do this often but lately I have really wanted to try baking something new, like some sort of funky cake.

~ Want to update the layout of this site. I am getting rather bored with this skin, but everytime I think I find a new layout that I like, I change my mind.

There are many more Musts and Wants on my list, but those are some of the big ones. overwhelming and yet I continue to accomplish nothing.


Friday, May 21, 2004

California to ban teens from tanning booths

I think this bill is a good idea. Perhaps it would be enough of a kick in the ass to some of these girls, and maybe even some adults, to make them realize how horrible tanning is for their health. My sister is 17 and she tells me that her friends are constantly pointing out how pale she is and they ask her why she doesn't get a tan. Ummm... maybe because she doesn't want skin cancer when she is 35, and she doesn't want to look like a shriveled up old prune by the time she is 40. I have received similar remarks about my pale skin, well, sorry but I'm white. This is the color my skin is supposed to be. Tan skin might look pretty but it's not worth wrinkles and cancer.

It will be interesting to see what happens if this bill is passed. Funny that California would be the one to pass it, what are all of the Hollywood teens going to do? I envision thousands of secret underage tanning booth rings in abandon warehouses and rat infested alleys all over The Sunshine State.

While I do wholeheartedly support this I think the following comment by the bill's author is quite moronic

"There is a big difference between going to the beach and a tanning salon," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Joe Nation, a Democrat. "When kids go to the beach they put on sun screen."

If they want a tan they aren't going to wear sun screen, and a big percentage of teenagers aren't going to remember or even care about putting on sun screen unless their mommy is there to remind them. Even at the age of 23 I am irresponsible about protecting my skin, so most teenagers aren't going to be so cautious.

This weeks Friday Forum:

[1] You're making a CD mix titled, "The Soundtrack of My Life." Which songs would you include, and why? Hmmm this is tough, this is all I could come up with for now:

* Theme song to Sesame Street ~ because this kind of represents my early years in life and I used to have my own very special way of singing it when I was a baby. I would start it off by singing "Lolly Way sweepin'' the clouds away" rather than "Sunny day ..." How silly of me.

* Stand by Me by Ben E. King ~ After hearing this in the movie Stand by Me I loved it and I think this is what really got me interested in music. I suddenly developed an interest in oldies music and would ask my mom for tapes of mixes from the 50s and 60s. I was probably anywhere between 8 and 10 years old at the time.

* Anything by New Kids on the Block. As much as I'm ashamed to admit it I was obsessed with Joey McIntyre and I was in love with all of their songs. I was either in 4th or 5th grade when they were popular.

* Let Her Cry by Hootie & the Blowfish. Another band I was obsessed with. I was about 13 or 14 when this was released and I think it was probably my favorite Hootie song and it's fitting because at that point in my life I was probably crying all of the time anyway thanks to all of the typical woes of a young teenage girl. Their album, Cracked Rear View, was the first cd I ever owned.

* Glycerine by Bush. I played their cd, Sixteen Stone, constantly when I was about 16.

* Closing Time by Semisonic. Reminds me of my high school graduation in '98. One of the class officers quoted the following in her speech:

So gather up your jackets, move it to the exits
I hope you have found a friend
Closing time
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

* Intergalactic by The Beastie Boys. This makes me think of my first year of college. A girl who lived a few doors down in my dorm would listen to this OVER AND OVER and OVER again for weeks. You couldn't go out into the hallway without hearing that blaring from her room.

* Moonbaby by Godsmack. This brings back memories of a few years ago, taking a road trip and camping for a few days in Maine with my friends Cheryl and Nicki. Then later in the week Nicki and I went to Connecticut with Cory to see Godsmack. They did a show at The Meadows in Hartford. Good times :)

* Blue and Yellow by The Used. One of my favorite songs. It makes me sad, makes me think about the past, and the future too. Makes me think about Cory and myself. I guess basically this song just makes me think and that's why I love it. Oh and I belted out a lovely drunken rendition of it one night a few months ago. I normally don't sing in front of anyone. I don't think Cory and Cheryl will ever let me live that one down.

[2] What is your favorite song right now? I have a horrible time picking just one favorite anything, but I managed to narrow it down to a few for now - The Outsider by A Perfect Circle, Two Girls by Paranoid Social Club, Talk Show on Mute by Incubus and anything by Jack Johnson, particularly Wasting Time and Mudfootball. My favorite songs change every day but for the moment those are the songs I love to hear.

[3] You're feeling down, sad, lonely, frustrated, angry ... which song[s] do you play to help yourself feel better? I either go with one extreme or another. Sometimes I will listen to something kind of light and mellow or happy and funky, like Jack Johnson, or The Apples in Stereo, or Green Day. Other times I will listen to something kind of loud, and angry like Godsmack, The Used or Rage Against the Machine.

4] Do you watch the TV show "American Idol"? Why/why not? Who do you think will win the competition? In past seasons I watched just a few episodes, mostly the first few where they show all of the horrible people trying out just because I think it's amusing. This year I got sucked in and actually watched nearly every episode so far. I am not into it enough that I call in and vote and I have never and probably will never buy any cds released by any American Idol contestants because I usually not very interested in the types of music that they sing, but I do like watching them compete. I liked John Peter Lewis because he was goofy and wasn't too serious, but he is long gone. I also liked Jasmine, but she got the boot this week, so my guess is that Fantasia is going to win. Cory says that she sounds like the actor/comedian, Chris Tucker. Ha! I don't know if I will watch any of the future seasons of the show, but for some reason I was hooked this year.

5] Do most of your friends generally share your taste in music? I listen to a pretty wide range of musical genres so I definitely have some taste in music in common with all of my friends, I like so many bands/singers that it's hard to not have at least a few common favorites among people I know. There are quite a few bands/singers that I really like that I'm sure none of my friends would though. The only types of music that I really refuse to listen to are Christian music and Country, oh and Bob Seger. I hate him. Other than that I like everything from oldies to current day Top 40 to indie bands.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

I have been to bewildered to post the past couple of days. This weekend was just completely draining, mentally and physically. Our new next door neighbors are reeking havoc on our lives! It feels almost as if my life has turned into a really horrible comedy movie.

I will try to sum things up as briefly as possible:

A family moved in to the house next door. This family is very ummm.... ghetto to say the least. As far as we know the guy and his wife don't work, guy is on permanent disability, so they pretty much just sit around the house all day. They have 3 sons. Youngest is in 3rd grade, and the oldest I would guess is maybe 12. The kids have been over to our house almost everyday for the past week or so. They are constantly asking to "borrow" things, stealing things, breaking things, asking questions, getting in the way, just generally being annoying.

So, the guy was in our driveway on Friday night talking to Cory. Cory thought they were having a casual discussion about possibly taking down a few sections of fence that separate our driveways and taking down two trees that are in our front yard.

Cory goes to work on Saturday morning because he had to do some overtime. I wake up and take a shower at around 9:30 AM. I step out of the shower to hear some sort of electric saw and voices in our driveway. I look outside to see that the guy & his boys have ripped down 3 sections of fence and the pieces are laying in our driveway! I come outside and the guy tells me that Cory wants the Hawthorne trees down, so he is going to take them down. I didn't know what to say so basically I just mumbled something like "ummm...ok." I went back inside while he cuts down our trees using what I believe was circular saw because no one had a chain saw. This was about 3 minutes after they finished mutilating the fence. These trees were about as tall as our 2 story house. They were fairly narrow but they have tons of branches covered in VERY sharp, VERY painful spikes.

He didn't cut them down all the way, he just cut a few sections off and left them so that they were basically snapped in half. Cory came home from work and the guy went with him to a place where they could get rid of pieces of the tree for free, but it closed at 2:00 PM so they could only get rid of one big piece. They didn't really offer to help bundle any of the rest up or do anything with the fence. We had to get rid of the fence pieces on our own (we brought them to Cory's parents house) and we still have huge pieces of tree all over our yard. It looks like a tornado came through. We will have to wait until this coming Saturday to get rid of the rest of the branches, and I am sure we will have to do all of the work ourselves. Agh. These neighbors are lunatics. I think they were sent here just to make our lives miserable.

It's crazy because we have never had to deal with this before. Our neighborhood was always really quiet and all of our neighbors minded their own business. There are so many more horror stories I could tell you about these new people, but I will save them for other days.

Ugh. I feel like I need a week to recover from this past weekend.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Since the FridayFive is no more, the lovely Lisanne started her own version - Friday Forum! This is history in the making. I can't wait to see how fast this catches on and maybe it will one day be as popular as the FridayFive site was. Very cool!

So here we go, the first 5 questions:

Which movie[s] ...

1] ... do you most want to see right now?
I just saw Kill Bill Vol. 1 on dvd, so now I'm really anxious to see Vol. 2. We might go see that this weekend.

Envy seems to have received pretty bad reviews, but I would like to see it anyway. I love Ben Stiller and Jack Black. I will probably wait until that one comes out on DVD though because it probably isn't worth the cost of a ticket at the theater.

2] ... always triggers a special memory for you? I hate to admit this but Last Action Hero will always hold a place in my heart! This was actually the movie that Cory and I saw on our very first date. I was 13 at the time. I was extremely nervous so I didn't pay much attention to the movie, or Cory for that matter. No wonder he didn't officially "ask me out" until over a year later!

3] ... makes you think the most about home? Oh, lots of movies that I used to watch with my little sister when we were kids. Most notably: The Sandlot, Home Alone, Adventures in Babysitting, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (yeah, I think we had a love of all babysitting movies), and almost any animated Disney movie too. All of these movies just remind me of home, and my childhood.

4] ... do you identify the most with? I have been trying to think of a good answer for this but I just haven't come up with one. Maybe over the course of the day something will spring to mind.

5] ... was totally horrible and a complete waste of time? There are so many I don't even know where to begin! Let's see. Just to name a few: Hanging Up (I bought this on VHS when it was released assuming that it would HAVE to be good considering the cast, but no, it was just.... stressful and annoying), American Psycho (boring, just completely hated it), Johnny Mnemonic (again extremely boring, but then again I don't typically like movies like this anyway), Party Monster (just saw this recently and it was horrible. Seth Green is the only thing that made this movie bearable. He was funny, but the rest of the actors, especially Macaulay Culkin, did a terrible job).


Thursday, May 13, 2004

I was pulling weeds in the yard on Saturday and I must have had an allergic reaction to them because I have been sick ever since. This is the first time I have ever had a severe allergic reaction to anything.

The sore throat, coughing, and stuffy head were enough to prevent me from going to the Tulip Festival on Saturday. Judging by the reactions of others it sounds like I didn't miss very much.

I tried to call in sick to work on Monday but one of my other coworkers called in before me so I had to come in, as I am the only one who really knows how to do her job. I did end up staying home on Tuesday and Wednesday though. It was nice to have two days off, but I didn't spend them lounging around watching tv and sleeping as I should have, instead I thoroughly cleaned the kitchen and the living room and did some laundry.

Yesterday I went to the grocery store at around 11:45 AM. The majority of customers at that time of day on a weekday seem to be either elderly people or house wives with babies. I felt so out of place, but I bought some ice cream so that made me happy. Breyer's Butter Almond ice cream is The Best. It's sweet and salty and wonderful. I know eating dairy products when you are congested isn't a great idea, but it has been so hot outside and I needed something "fun." So, the next time you are hemming and hawing over which type of ice cream to buy I highly recommend Breyer's Butter Almond. Yum.

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Happy Mother's Day!

That's a pic of my mom & I when I was just a wee little girl. :)


Friday, May 07, 2004

I just received my 5000th visitor, and I think it was me! Woot!

So the band concert last night was ok. I survived. I taped Friends last night so I was able to watch it. Actually we got home at exactly 9:30 so I watched the second half of the show and once it ended I rewound it and watched the first half. Yes, so very 90's - recording things with a ....*gasp* .....VCR! My poor ghetto self with no TIVO.

Wow, I blogged everyday this week (not counting Sunday).

Well, that's all for now. Maybe I will think of something more fun to write about later on.


Thursday, May 06, 2004

I like having things to do and knowing that my week will be filled with more than just working and sitting around watching tv at home, but I really hate when my week is filled with things to do that I really don't feel like doing.

Tonight: I will be getting out of work at 5:00. Hopefully these jerks here at work won't try to get me to stay late and do last minute work, because that's just not possible today. I should be home by 5:15 or so, then I will chow down dinner that Cory will hopefully have made by then. Then we will hop back in my car and head out to my bf's family's house, which is about 30 miles west of here so we can go see his little sister's last high school band concert (she is graduating in a month). I believe the concert starts at 7:00 PM. I have no clue how long it will last, but I am sure it will be longer than I would like. I will be missing the final episode of Friends for this damn thing! Probably won't get home until 10:00 or so, and by then I will be too tired to do anything else, so I will probably just go to bed.

Friday: I am sure I will be expected to do rush jobs at the end of the day, and I will be stuck working late. Last Friday I was here until 6:45. Then I will go home, then somehow try to squeez in eating dinner, possibly shopping some more for a mother's day gift (didn't end up buying one last weekend, even with the trip to New Paltz!) and watch a movie that we rented that is due back by midnight. I don't know how if we will accomplish all of that or not, but if need be I will cut out the shopping and do it on Saturday.

Saturday: Cory was asked to work overtime, so he will be doing that the entire morning and possibly into the afternoon hours. If the weather is nice (which I am doubting) then maybe I will finally finish cleaning up the yard (pulling weeds, raking, picking up trash), and once and for all planting some flowers. If we don't shop on Friday night then we will probably have to spend part of the day walking aimlessly around Crossgates Mall, which I am dreading.

Sunday: Mother's Day. Will probably be driving out to my mom's house (which is also about 30 or 40 miles west of where I live) and hanging around there. Probably watching Queer Eye or Trading Spaces as we usually do when I'm at my Mom's. I might sound like a horrible kid not having big Mother's Day plans for my mom, but trust me, my mom dosen't have any hobbies and doesn't particulary enjoy going out and doing anything specific. There are no good restaurants out near where she lives, and my sister has to work until 2:00 I think, so I doubt they would want to come up here to go out to eat, so yeah, we will just hang around in my mom's apartment and watch tv because I know that's what she would rather be doing anyway. Maybe she will make lasagna for us :) She likes to do that, really!

The Tulip Festival is going on this weekend in Albany. I have never been to it in all of the years I have lived around here. From what I can recall it always seems to rain on this event every year. From what I have heard of the weather so far it seems like this year will be no different. If I was sure it was going to be 80 & sunny perhaps I would actually go this year, but I don't know if I will even have the time to anyway. Ah well, there's always next year.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

I was browsing through the headlines in the Boston section on Yahoo News when I noticed this headline: Man Recovering From Black Widow Spider Bite. Normally I would have just cringed and moved on, but I decided to read the story because I remembered that I read a similar story in local Albany area news yesterday.

The details of each story seemed to be very similar. To double check I went back to the Times Union site and found the article I read yesterday: Trucker bit by spider at Florida stop . The truck driver who was bit in the local news story is actually from Massachusetts but was driving a truck from Florida to a spot locally in the Albany area. The other story also involves a man from Massachusetts, and he was working on a car that had been delivered from California.

My theory is that Floridians and Californians are jealous of our lovely northeastern US winters, so they are sending poisonous stow away spiders here to kill all of us. Yes, that's precisely it! They can't stand the fact that while they are baking away under sunny skies year round, while we get to enjoy months upon months of frost bite, nose hairs turning into mini icicles, slipping and falling on the ice, brushing 8" of snow off of our cars only to find the buried treasure waiting below - yes, another 2" of ice to scrape through! Ah yes, we have it good, and those darn southerners know it. Now they are trying to kill us all with spiders.

Yet another mystery solved by Sarah (aka. Nancy Drew)

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

"Pac-Manhattan is a large-scale urban game that utilizes the New York City grid to recreate the 1980's video game sensation Pac-Man. This analog version of Pac-man is being developed in NYU's Interactive Telecommunications graduate program, in order to explore what happens when games are removed from their "little world" of tabletops, televisions and computers and placed in the larger "real world" of street corners, and cities."

Clever! I am tempted to drive down to Manhattan to see it live. Maybe I could join in. Afterall, I don't see any sign of Ms. Pacman on their site.


Monday, May 03, 2004

I didn't know it was possible to be in love with a town, up until this past Saturday that is. Cory, Janelle (my sister), and I went out to lunch at Ruby Tuesday's on Saturday afternoon and while we were eating we were trying to decide where we would go shopping for Mother's Day gifts. Cory suggested New Paltz because he has been down there quite a bit for work recently, and he said that it's a really nice town with lots of little shops. I trusted his judgement since I had never been there and decided to check it out. It took about 2 hours to get down there (though we did stop at 2 rest areas). As we drove through the town looking for a place to park I knew this town was my soul mate! I was in love. New Paltz reminds me of a town that should be next to the ocean, in Maine or Massachusetts.

We walked around and browsed through the shops for a few hours. We also drove around the SUNY New Paltz campus because Janelle has been considering applying there, and now she wants to even more after seeing how nice the town is. Cory and I have really been considering moving away from the Albany area lately and now after seeing this town I think I would be so happy living there. It's just perfect - lots of privately owned businesses, restaurants, nice scenery, there are mountains and lakes nearby, and NYC isn't very far either.

I feel as if I have developed a crush on this town. Usually when I am exploring a new town I feel awkward and kind of anxious, but with this town I didn't, I felt as if I belonged there, it felt like home. I kept thinking about it Saturday night once we arrived back in Schenectady, and then all day on Sunday I kept remembering pieces of the town and daydreaming about what it would be like to live in the village. I just can't stop thinking about it! I'm such a nerd. I think I was shook back into reality a little bit today as I was looking at the prices of real estate down there. I was dismayed to see that the houses, even the "crappy ones" are way out of our price range. Even if Cory's employer allowed him to transfer to their Poughkeepsie office and gave him a pay raise I don't think it would be enough for us to afford to buy, or rent a house there. It would be hard to find a rental, even if we could afford it, because we have a dog and two cats anyway. So, we are going to do some more research and see if it would be in any way possible for us to afford living there, but I have a feeling that it's not going to happen. *sigh*

If we find that we can't afford to live there and/or aren't able to find jobs, then another place we would consider moving is somewhere in Massachusetts. I don't know how soon any of this will happen or if it will happen at all, but at least it's something to keep me swooning over for the time being.