Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Green Day

GREEN DAY

The Green Day concert was so awesome! :) Although I did see Billie Joe's bare ass 4 times too many. He kept mooning the crowd. It was pretty obnoxious. They put on an awesome concert though. I especially loved all of the songs that were from their old school records (I was feeling very nostalgic, I miss being able to be with my sister every day so much). And I really like When September Ends (Jackie has it as her ringback tone!) I swear, rock concerts are the best. For some reason I just really love going to them, I think because you can be totally crazy and not give a shit about what other people are thinking, feeling, judging, or how totally fucked up they are acting. You are just there to hear the music REALLY LOUD, drink (if you so choose), dance and have an awesome time without giving a fuck about anything else.

I was just going to edit the F bomb out of this post but then I realized that due to the subject matter it was absolutely necessary to leave it in.

Oh and I am thinking of changing the title of my blog. I'm not sure though.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Day Shift Blows

Day Shift Blows

I am so freaking tired. As I have said before, I despise waking up early. I swear to GOD I almost went upstairs and blew up my neighbor's apartment last night. Considering their floor is my ceiling, I decided against it. BUT I AM NOT KIDDING YOU THEY DO LAUNDRY EVERY SINGLE NIGHT UNTIL MIDNIGHT! I cannot imagine how two people can possibly have so much freaking laundry! It's insane! Joe went upstairs and knocked on their door 4 times to tell them to turn the damn thing off and they wouldn't answer the door! I was seriously about to start crying last night because of it. I could handle it if it were every once in a while but I swear to you it is every night. And it seems like when I am on swings it wakes me up every morning. I think the water company makes all of its money off of my upstairs neighbors. I get irate after being deprived of sleep for 6 days in a row. Not to mention it is really frustrating because even when I get in bed at 9:30 I still can't fall asleep until 12. Four and a half hours of sleep is not enough. Not even close.

I think I am going to be changing jobs within the next couple of weeks. Not to what I really want though. Well, kind of. I am going to be doing an apprenticeship in the position that I actually want, and I am going to be training in another position at the same time. I cannot do my current job for any longer because my brain is beginning to atrophy into nothingness. And I am so sick of shift work I could barf. I never thought I would say that because I actually used to really really like shift work, but I have had enough. The new position is still shift work but at least I will get out at 10 p.m. instead of midnight while I am on swing shift, not to mention I will be a trainee so I can flex my schedule and get weekends off and stuff (I will do whatever it takes to get out of working day shift on weekends). I'm just going to do this job until the one that I really want opens up. So I've got that going for me. Which is nice.

I am about to bury my cell phone. Thankfully my sweet, sweet best friend Jackie has sent me her cell phone that she no longer uses. My poor cell phone, I have dropped it so many times the screen is completely black and doesn't ring either. I have to leave it on vibrate all the time to even have a clue that anyone is calling me. It is quite pitiful.

Time for a joke. You may have already heard this, but it made me laugh.

What do a bungee jump and a Hooker have in common?

They're both cheap, fast, and if the rubber breaks, you're dead.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

I can't sleep. It's 3:27 a.m. and Joe is coming to pick me up in 2 1/2 hours when he gets out of work to go to breakfast. I don't know what my deal is. I guess I did sleep in kind of late today. For some reason I feel yucky. Maybe it is because I just ate a lean pocket that has been in my refigerator probably for too long. Or it could be that I poisoned my body with excessive amounts of liquor all weekend. Ew. This insomnia is going to be bad news bears if it's still kickin' tomorrow night. I have to start day shift on Wednesday. Double ew. Well, I am going to read or something.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

I got some new fish! I decided that since they are males but very pretty, flashy and flamboyant in their coloring, I should name them according to those traits. So... their names are Ace and Gary (SNL ambiguously gay duo?). My sweet sweet boyfriend came up with the idea. See pic below. It's kinda hard to see because of the flash reflecting off of the aquarium but you get the idea. It's really neat, there is a divider in the middle of the tank so they can see each other and flare at each other but cannot get at each other to cause any harm! Although sometimes Ace will ram against the divider because he is spunky. They are great. It is really amazing how responsive these fish are and they are really a very interesting species. I've been reading some stuff about them online...I just went and checked mine out and according to the website I was reading (written by a breeder), Gary is too fat and needs to go on a diet. I guess that will be my first order of business. Just a few other things that I thought were interesting:

* Betta Splendens is translated to mean "Splendid (beautiful) warrior."
* Bettas will fight each other to the death if they are placed in the same tank/bowl together, because they are very territorial (they think).
* Male bettas make a bubble nest at the surface of the water for the eggs (Ace already made one! Yay! Not that I plan to breed them ever but it means that he is healthy)
* Bettas breathe by using a "labyrinth"! Not their gills! (It is an accessory respiratory organ located in the gill chamber alongside and above the normal gills) That's why they can survive in small bowls, and you see them go to the surface to breathe all the time
* Bettas can survive outside water for what seems to be a long period of time and...
* Bettas can jump really well...which leads to my story....
* My last betta jumped out of his bowl (I didn't know they could do that!), was lying on my living room carpet for God only knows how long. I picked him up and put him back in the bowl and he lived for 2 years. Needless to say, he was a badass.

If you want to be a nerd like me and read more about bettas, go to this website.
Ace and Gary Posted by Picasa
They like swimming through their Greek ruins.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

MARS, BITCHES!!

Okay. I got to the bottom of this whole Mars thing. I know you are thinking, why is this the third post about that freaking planet. Well I like Mars, aight? I did a research paper on it in h.s. and it has held a special place in my heart ever since. So I have news articles from Space.com on my Yahoo! homepage and there was one about the stuff with Mars. Apparently, on August 24, Mars will be below and to the right of the moon. It will have a yellow-orange tint. It comes the closest to the earth October 29 at 11:30 p.m. From reading this article though, I'm getting that it's gonna be pretty small, only 20 arc seconds, which is about 1/90 the size of the moon. So I guess it is probaby just going to look like a bright star unless you have a telescope.

And that is all I have to say about that.

I was just looking at the sidebar on my blog and I realized that it still said I am reading the Joy Luck Club, which I am not. But I would like to say that that book was depressing as all hell. I felt like the entire book was about these women and their mean mothers and failed marriages. It was an interesting book, I guess, but it bummed me out.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Five day breeaaaaaaaakkk! Yaaaay! I am so happy to be off for 5 whole days!!!! My plans so far are: lots of drinking, lots of dancing, and hopefully lots of laying by the pool if the weather gets better! :) My girls in DC are off too and we are going to have tons of fun. This does not happen very often so I am very excited. I have some random errands to run and also I want to go shopping! I was thinking of going to MI this break but I couldn't get a good price on a plane ticket. So that idea went down the tubes. I need to go back soon. And I also need to go to a beach I decided. Oh speaking of that...Natalie, myself, Jessie, and Colleen booked our trip to Vegas for November 12th! We are staying at New York, New York and it is going to be freaking awesome.

Well, I would like to say per my previous post that I have been looking for Mars every day and I haven't found it yet. It is starting to tick me off. Seriously, where is it? I was all hyped up only to be thus far disappointed. I guess it's been kinda cloudy at night so maybe that's why I haven't seen it. Either way it is pissing me off.

Yesterday I read in the Washington Post that Fiona Apple's new album is going to be released soon! I am so excited. I guess most of it has already been leaked on the internet but they are revamping the songs and officially releasing it in September (I think it said September).

Arlight I gotta go get ready...dinner date and then I am going out to the bar with Natalie! :)

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Workin' Out

I need to renew my subscription to Muscle & Fitness Hers. Maybe I'll get another one too. Right now my friend is getting a subscription of Fitness magazine and he doesn't know why, so he is graciously donating it to yours truly. I picked up an issue of a Pilates magazine at Bally's a couple days ago. It was okay. I've never actually done Pilates before. Lindsay does and she likes it. I read in that magazine that doing Pilates actually trains your abdominals better than doing crunches. Needless to say I'll be picking up a DVD very soon. I am very proud of myself because I have been working out really hard this week. I feel much better. I extended my cardio workout duration an extra 10 minutes and I doubled the number of crunches that I normally do. I think I'm going to try to go to a Pilates group exercise class at my gym too. It's kinda hard though because of my work schedule to go to the classes regularly though. I guess that is where the DVD will come in. I decided that the reason I was slacking before was that I was just getting bored. I can't really run outside or rollerblade right now because it is ridiculously hot. I get sick of working out inside all the time.

In Fitness magazine I came across an interesting tidbit of information:

Sex Trumps Money

A recent study reveals that the road to bliss my begin in the bedroom. Researchers who speculate in a new field known as "happiness economics" have concluded that increasing the frequency of sex from once a month to once a week can increase your happiness by nearly 40 percent. The study also found that having a bigger bank account doesn't translate into having more sex, offering further proof that the best things in life really are free.

-Fitness >>Mind, Body, and Spirt; September 2005

I thought this was good news for those of us that might not end up being rich.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

A Lot Going On

A Lot Going On

Today was my last day of day shift. Needless to say, I was pissed off for oh about the past 7 days. I have decided that day shift is my own personal hell. It is my own fault, I never go to bed early enough. And then I am exhausted all day the next day and I whine about it. But being a night owl makes it hard to go to bed early. So, today when I finally made it home from work (long story I won't go into), I talked to Lindsay online and we both established that we wanted to kill everybody.

I have been SO unmotivated to work out lately it is ridiculus. I don't know what it is. It is not like me at all. I don't know if it was just because I have been sleep deprived, or what. But when I was on swings I didn't want to go either. Maybe I was getting too much sleep when I was on swings. I need to get back into my routine asap. Any more or less than 8 hours of sleep and I am not myself. Well, yesterday I decided that I was really pissed off at myself for slacking on working out lately. I decided to start busting my ass again. As a bonus I think the endorphins made me in a better mood after I was done working out today. That's a plus.

As you can see below, I posted a lot of pics this time! The first four are from the Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant in D.C. that we all went to last Sunday. It was SO GOOD! For all of you who know me well, my favorite food ever is cheese, and a main course at the melting pot is cheese! My kind of restaurant. We had an awesome time. The rest of the pics are from Katie and Dennis's wedding on Saturday. We had a ton of fun. The food was awesome, and the wedding and the reception were beautiful and a lot of fun.

The last thing I want to say in this long endless post is that you should try to check out the night sky this month, because Mars will apparently be the closest to Earth in recorded history. At the beginning of August it will rise at approximately 10 p.m. and reach its azimuth at around 3 a.m. By the end of August it will rise at nightfall and reach its azimuth at around 12:30 a.m. It reaches its closest point on August 27th and will appear as large as the moon. I know, I'm a space nerd.
Natalie and Mike at the Melting Pot Posted by Picasa
Matt and Emily at the Melting Pot Posted by Picasa
Joe and Rachel at the Melting Pot Posted by Picasa
Katie and Dennis, the bride and groom! Posted by Picasa
Matt and Jill Posted by Picasa
Me and the bride. Her dress was gorgeous. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Christopher Jude

CHRISTOPHER JUDE

April had her baby!!! Isn't he adorable!!!??Posted by Picasa

August 4, 2005
9 Pounds, 3 Ounces
21.5 Inches

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Silent Treatment

Silent Treatment
A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper,"Please wake me at 5:00 AM." He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, "It is 5:00 AM. Wake up."

Monday, August 01, 2005

Did you know?

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

In the 1400's a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%; The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David, Hearts - Charlemagne, Clubs -Alexander, the Great, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"? One thousand

Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.

Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil.

In Shakespearean time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow