Monday, November 29, 2004

I'm cheating.... I'm cross posting this from my LiveJournal because it would just be silly to re-type all of this...

Well, hello there LiveJournal Blogger. I haven't posted here in quite a while. Just a mixture of procrastination, the holiday, lots of homework and other time consuming things.

So what's new with me?

Well, Thanksgiving was good. I spent the day with my mom and my sister. My mom cooked and of course she made my favorite... butternut squash with lots of brown sugar. Janelle and I watched Elf which satisfied my recent Christmas movie cravings. So it was a good day.

Saturday was Cory's 26th birthday. We decided to spend the day taking a road trip to Connecticut so we could go on a mini-shopping spree at IKEA. Our intent was to buy some Christmas presents but we wound up spending more money on stuff for our house (duvet cover, curtains, a metal rack thingy and lots of coffee for Cory) than on the one present we picked out. Two of the people we would have been shopping for ended up going with us though, so I think we will try to make another trip there sometime in the next couple of weeks. This was only my second time shopping at IKEA. It's so mind boggling. Normally I have a good sense of direction but in this store I have to stop every few minutes to try to figure out where I am and which way I came from. It's like a shopping maze. I love it. The first time we went there, it was a Friday afternoon in early October and there were very few customers in the store, which was nice. This weekend was completely different. The entire parking lot was nearly filled and there were just so many people shopping, which was a little frustrating but I still had fun. Some people might think driving 5 hours round trip to spend 2 or 3 hours in one store is a little crazy, but I had a good time, despite spending more money than I should have.

As we were returning home, just outside of Albany, I somehow made the wrong decision on the Thruway (so much for that good sense of direction) and ended up heading south on I-87. Unfortunately the next exit was about 20 or 30 miles away... which I believe was in or around Coxsackie (for those of you who aren't from around here ... yes, that is actually the name of a town!). So, thanks to me we ended up spending an extra 45 minutes to an hour on the road. I still think highway exits should not be spaced so far apart.

Other random news from my world:

- My sister got into a car accident (she was the passenger, not the driver) with her boyfriend at Crossgates Mall last Sunday. Someone slammed into the front area of the passenger's side, luckily missing the door or Janelle could have been seriously hurt. Phew! Close call. Sometimes I just want to shrink her down to a miniature size, wrap her up in bubble wrap and carry her around in my bag so nothing will hurt her. Though, I suppose being shrunk, wrapped up and stuffed in a bag would be quite uncomfortable. Oh, my poor delicate little sister!

- My wisdom teeth are killing me. I really need to go to the dentist. I'm such a chicken. Why is it so hard to just pick up the phone, call a dentist's office, make an appointment and go to it? Why? What's even more frustrating is that I know how ridiculous it is being so afraid of making an appointment, yet I still can't snap out of that frame of mind.

- My tacky neighbors (remember them?) are still tacky and still annoying. I will post more about them tomorrow though because it's just too much to get into right now.

- Won $5 on a $2 scratch-off lotto ticket. I'm rich

- Found a dead rat in our (outdoor) garbage can last weekend. A RAT!!! A DEAD one!!! Disgusting!!!

Well, the end of the work day is nearing and I have some work to finish before I leave so I that's all the news for now. I can't wait to get home. I made lasagna yesterday... leftovers! Yay! And Cory got the final season of Buffy on DVD for his birthday so hopefully I will get to see a few episodes of that. I have never seen any of the final season episodes and I don't even really know how the whole series ends, so keep your lips sealed if you know!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

I tried changing my blog layout today but my lack of HTML knowledge left me wanting to rip my hair out, so I just gave up and put this one back in place. I will keep practicing though and hopefully one of these days this place will have a new look. Preferably I would create my own layout but that's way too advanced for me as I'm having a hard time just using a free linkware template. Oy!

Anyway, Jasper the Pervert Cat has had his 15 minutes of fame... time for something new. These are some photos I took a few months ago of my dahlias. Yes, MINE. I grew them from seeds. This was my first adventure into the world of gardening and I was so proud of myself when these bloomed. Pretty, eh?

I'm terrified of bees so I'm amazed with myself that I actually leaned in close enough to take this photo (I was using Cory's phone to take these)

A few days after I snapped these pics, this yellow bloom fell off perfectly intact and I couldn't bear to toss it and it seemed to big to press in a book so I actually have it in a tupperware container in my freezer but I don't know what to do with it. Any ideas???

I probably should have cropped these but that just requires more effort than I can dredge up at the moment.


Friday, November 12, 2004

Meet Jasper, my Dollar Store feather duster humping cat.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

I have been in desperate need of some new music lately so last night I downloaded the free version of BearShare (a Gnutella P2P file sharing program). The free version comes with pesky 'SAVE' adware while the paid version supposedly is adware-free, but since I don't have the cash to throw down on some new CDs I obviously don't have money to pay for 6 months of BearShare either. Needless to say I decided that adware was not too big of a price to pay for oodles of free tunes.

I'm impressed, the adware actually has proved not to be too pesky so far. I downloaded around 30 songs last night and I only had ads pop up a handful of times, and those ads are just one window at a time that are easily closed. So far, so good. I found most of the songs I was searching for and most of them downloaded fairly quickly without any problems. There were a few files that turned out to be the wrong song, or some wouldn't download but overall I'm happy with the program.

Most of the files I downloaded last night were cover songs because I'm working on a cover songs mixed CD for a swap. I found some really good stuff, including a live version of Fuel covering Elton John's "Daniel," a very odd, but good Deftones cover of "No Ordinary Love" (yes, the Sade song! Ha!), and Juliana Hatfield singing Weezer's "Say it Ain't So." There were more but that's all that comes to mind at the moment. If I get a chance to after work tonight I will put the mix together and post a play list.

The Covers Project really came in handy when I was searching for ideas for my mix. I love that site. I just loves me some good cover songs.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Well, I think my first voting experience has scarred me for life. Not the actual experience of voting itself, the outcome is what will be traumatizing me for the next four years and possibly many to follow. All I can say is that I'm immensely disappointed in the half of the U.S. (well, half of the percentage who actually bothered to vote, that is). I am still in shock that so many people actually support that monster. You think people would have learned their lesson after his first four years in office.

Anyway, I have done my fair share of debating on the whole election ordeal with several people so going into it even further here on my blog just seems like a waste of time. I'm not going to flee the country but I have never felt so ashamed to live in this country.

So, moving on... to more senseless things...

McDonald's Employee Simulator

I stumbled upon this gem tonight and it rather reminds me of my life, but substitute the burger flipping for typing and paper shuffling for hours on end. Oh, and I usually never have time to eat a bowl of cereal before work, let alone several. The potatoes and carrots for dinner looks about right though. Throw in some grocery shopping, school work, and there you have it... my life in a nutshell!