Saturday, March 29, 2008

Totally Cool Website

Chrissy told me about this really cool webiste called Map My Run. You can map out your runs and put in all sorts of information and it calculates a bunch of stuff out for you. Like the distance, your average pace, calories, etc. etc. It is SOOOOO COOL!!!!!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday

:) Yesssss! Love Fridays. :)

Not too much going on. I only have to work 5 hours today! I was good and worked extra time on the other days. It sucks but it pays off on Fridays! :)

This weekend should be a blast. Tonight I am getting dinner made for me again, which is totally awesome. Tomorrow Jessie is visiting from Baltimore and we are going out to shake our bootys like no other. I can't wait. It's going to be so fun.

This post is boring so I will try to spice it up with a joke:

Be Careful What You Wish For
A man was digging in his garden, when his shovel hit a hard object buried in the earth, which revealed itself to be an old bottle sealed with a cork. The man wrenched the cork free and, to his astonishment, there was a cloud of smoke and a clap of thunder. Standing before him was a genie.

"As a reward for freeing me, I shall grant you three wishes," said the genie, "But understand, whatever you wish for, your most hated enemy shall receive twice over."

The man's most hated enemy happened to be his next door neighbour, Jones. "Let's see. My first wish is..." He looked at his weather beaten bungalow, "...to live in a ten story luxury mansion.' The genie clapped his hands and suddenly his minute shack transformed into the most beautiful house he had ever laid eyes on. He heard a cry of astonishment from next door and looked over to see Jones standing in the doorway of his new twenty story mansion.

"Now I want fifty of the most beautiful women imaginable." said the man. There was a puff of smoke and his wish was granted. He was annoyed, however, to see Jones grinning and waving, surrounded by his own harem of 100 women, all twice as attractive.

"What is your final wish, Master?' asked the genie.

"I want to lose a testicle," said the man.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I Can't Believe it is Already Thursday

I really can't believe it is already Thursday. This week seems to be flying by. I think it is because I have been super busy at work, which is really nice. It makes me feel so much better when I am busy.

Well, after I ordered my super fun heavy-duty piece of fitness equipment yesterday, I read the shipping policy and it turns out that the only thing they do is push it to the edge of the truck - and it is up to you to get it out of the truck and into your house (or business, or whatever). So, riddle me this, why am I paying 15 bucks for them to deliver it? I had a moment of panic but then I looked did some research and found out that it only weighs 41 pounds, so hopefully I will be able to summon some of my spider strength to carry it up 4 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS to get it into my apartment. I love living on the top floor but at times like this, not having an elevator is really a pain in my ass. I guess when I think about it, when I travel my suitcase ususally weighs around 30 or 40 pounds and I seem to manage that alright. Oh and when I go grocery shopping and I carry everything in at once because I am too lazy to go up and down the steps ten times.

Tonight I hope to go to happy hour but I think chances are slim that that is going to actually happen, unfortunately. I am still hoping though. If not I just got a movie from Netflix, Pay It Forward, which I know is very old but I have never seen it before. I have to admit though, ever since I watched American Beauty, Kevin Spacey has kind of given me the creeps.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

My First Piece of Heavy-duty Fitness Equipment

I bought my first piece of heavy-duty fitness equipment. I am so excited. Here it is:
I shall have very chiseled abdominals, as well as a very chiseled low back. Weeeeeeee! But where am I going to put it!? Thankfully it folds away for storage, at least that is what is says on the website.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Call me Bill Gates!

Oh man I am sooooo proud of myself! Remeber way back when I said my computer was acting up and I needed a new fan? And I took it to the Geek Squad in Best Buy and they were idiots? Well, I ended up ordering a replacement fan from HP and yesterday I took apart my laptop, removed the old fan, installed the new one - and now it is working perfectly! I was so happy. And to think that stupid guy at Best Buy told me I should just buy a whole new computer! Or pay like 800 bucks to get them to look at it and everything. I don't think sooooooo! I ended up fixing it for 50 bucks. So there!!

On another note, if you are looking for someone rich to date, check out this website that Chrissy told me about: www.sugardaddie.com. Isn't that hilarious?! She heard about it on Dr. Phil and we both couldn't believe it. People are crazy. But I mean, I guess if it is an understanding between the two people and they are fine with it, then who are we to judge?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Relaxing but Busy Weekend

I had a relaxing but busy and fun weekend. Friday night, Jade and I checked out a new club in DC called The Park. It was really fun and they played good music. We danced the night away.

Saturday I went to the National Museum of Natural History and saw the Nature’s Best PhotographyWindland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition 2007 (not all of the photos are posted online). OMG it was soooo good! I love stuff like that. The only problem was that there were a MILLION kids there (I guess cuz it was a weekend and also spring break time). People were letting their stupid kids run amok and act like idiots. They kept hitting, leaning against, and rubbing their grimy hands all over the photos. I swear, my parents would have beat my ass for that behavior!

Sunday was another relaxing day. I went to an Easter Church service in the morning, and in the evening Alice and I dyed Easter eggs and ordered Thai food. It was fun.

Let me just say that I have had it up to my eyebrows with cold weather. I am ready for spring (and have been for forever) - so WHERE IS SPRING?! WHERE IS IT?!

Humorous Pictures
see more crazy cat pics

Saturday, March 22, 2008

cuz it's a bittersweet symphony that's life

tryin' to make ends meet
you're a slave to money then you die
i'll take you down the only road i've ever been down
you know the one that takes you to the places where all the things begin
no change i can change i can change i can change
but i'm here in my mold
i am here in my mold
but I'm a million different people from one day to the next
i can change my mold no no no no nooooooooooooooooooo

Friday, March 21, 2008

Exhausted

OMG I am so glad that today is Friday and I don't have to get up early tomorrow. I cannot wait to sleep until I feel like getting up. It's going to be so nice. I feel totally wiped out right now. I don't know what my deal is.

Last night I started watching Season 1 of The Tudors. So far it is really good.

Ugh I have nothing exciting to talk about. Have a good weekend!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Look at This Book

Look at this book, The Paper Bag Princess.

Thirsty Thursday

Last night I finally felt like I got out of jail, and went to happy hour with Jessi, Jade, and Alice. It was so fun. Lately I feel like all I ever do is go to work, work out, and go to bed. With some housework sprinkled in there. I am so glad it is starting to get warm out and I will be more inspired to go out and do fun stuff.

I'm going to take a pottery class starting in April and I am super excited. I've never done pottery before. So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

Not much to talk about today, really. I'm boring. I'm glad today is Thursday though. Even though it is going to be long. Mayhaps I'll have some wine tonight when I get home.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Glass of Water


A lecturer raised a glass of water in front of his audience and asked, "how heavy is this glass of water?"


Answers called out ranged from 20 g to 500 g.

The lecturer replied, "the absolute weight does not matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."

"If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem."

"If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm."

"If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance."

"In each case, it is the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "and that is the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again."

"When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of worry and work down."

"Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow."

"Whatever burdens you are carrying now, let them down a moment if you can."

"Relax, pick them up later after you've rested."

LIFE IS SHORT.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

This is Pretty Cool

This is pretty cool, they found a mummified dinosaur in the North Dakota Badlands. Usually they just find the bones, but this one has the skin and everything. Only four mummified dinosaurs of significance have ever been found. It's an Edmontosaurus. Suh-weet! Okay, I'm a science nerd, whaddaya want?!
Not much else to talk about!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Book Signing and Other Stuff

OMG the book signing on Saturday was SO COOL! Okay, I know, I know... I always talk about how I am obsessed with Jodi Picoult and everything but the obsession has reached a whole new level now that I have met her. If you haven't read one of her books yet, what are you waiting for!? The one that just came out, Change of Heart, debuted at #1 on the NY Times Best Seller List! The book signing was held at a Borders and there were TONS of people there (I was #157 to get my book signed, and there were quite a few people after me). She first read an excerpt from her new book, and then took questions from the audience. It was so neat. She talked all about the research that she does for her novels and OMG it was so interesting and impressive. She was hilarious and seemed really cool, like I want to be her friend and hang out with her. Ha ha. After that, I got my book signed and got to briefly meet her, and got a picture with her. Let me tell you, if there is an author that you really like I would definitely recommend finding out if they are doing a signing near you, because it was a really neat experience. OMG I just read on her website that she went to Princeton and Harvard! Smart lady!

Sunday was my first Sunday Funday and it was great. I slept in, then went shopping briefly, did some crafts, watched a movie, and then had my book club! It was so fun. Most of the girls made some sort of German or Polish food to go along with the theme of our book, The Kommandant's Girl. It was so yummy. We had a really great discussion about the book. It is just so nice to have a conversation with so many intelligent, quick-witted women with such varying opinions and points of view. The book we chose for our next meeting is White Oleander, which I have already read. I don't mind though because I read it like 4 or 5 years ago, and I LOVED it. It was so good. I'll probably browse through it again for a refresher and I am really looking forward to discussing it.

Oh and HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Only 40 More Minutes

Oh man this day is going by SLOW! It should be quick, considering I only have to be at work for 7 hours but c'mon. Ugh.

I signed on to a new project this week at work; so that's exciting. I hope I like it. It seems neat. The people I will be working with seem really cool too. :)

This weekend is going to be fun. Tonight I'm going out to the bar with Jessi. Tomorrow, I'm going to a St. Patrick's Day festival and also to a book signing with my favorite author ever - Jodi Picoult. I am so excited. Then Sunday - well Sunday is my first Sunday Funday! I plan to do crafts all day, and in the evening I am hosting my book club! I love book club!

Have a good weekend! Hey, you should have a Sunday Funday too! :)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Random Ponderings

I only have 5 minutes to write this post so it might not be very well thought out. I was thinking yesterday while I was running about how many women are labeled as "gold diggers" and wondering about it. So, basically are they labeled as gold diggers because they are trying to get money from men? Or is it because they want to be with a man that makes money and will be a good provider for them? A man as a "provider" would be considered a traditional idea these days, considering the fact that many women now work. The ones who don't, who want a man who will provide for them, are called gold diggers.

On that note, would it be a good idea to come up with a term for men who look for women who will carry out the traditional "female" roles? Like many men want a woman who can cook, clean, run a household, and take care of them. So, essentially they are looking for someone to "mother" them. So, should there be a term for that type of man? How should we label them? I mean, isn't it considered a turn off to some men when a woman is career driven and "un-domestic"? On the flip side it is considered a turn off to some women when a man is not career driven.

Just random ponderings that pop into my head. Or what if you were dating this woman, who didn't leave the bathroom for 2 years?!

Oh and finally, if you are ever planning to travel to Oklahoma City, I would advise that you pack only pants to wear while you are there. A recent court ruling allowed a man to get off scott free after being charged for taking a picture under the skirt of a 16-year-old girl. Apparently, she was not in a place where there "is a reasonable expectation of privacy."

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sunday Funday

I decided that from now on I am not doing any work at all on Sundays. They are going to be my fundays and I can only do fun stuff from here on out. If I don't plan fun and relaxation right into my schedule it seems to never happen!

Check out this article that I saw on the CNN website. Growth stunting treatment for a disabled child?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Look at this!

They found the frozen remains of a WWII airman!

Let Go

To "let go" does not mean to stop caring.
It means I can't do it for someone else.

To "let go" does not mean to cut myself off.
It's the realization that I can't control another.

To "let go" is not to enable.
It's to allow learning from natural consequences.

To "let go" is not to care for.
It's to care about.

To "let go" is not to judge.
It's to let another be human.

To "let go" is not to be in the middle, arranging the outcome.
It's to allow others to affect their own destinies.

To "let go" is not to be protective.
It's to permit another to face reality.

To "let go" is not to deny.
It's to accept.

To "let go" is not to regret the past.
It's to grow and live for the future.

To "let go" is to fear less and to love more.

Monday, March 10, 2008

I'm baaaaaaa-aaaack

Well, today I went to my old building and finally did the whole out-process thing, which means I have officially cut the umbilical cord to that location. I can't go back there anymore without some good reason. It was bittersweet. I was definitely ready to move on as I have, but that was the first place I worked right out of college. I learned a lot there, went through a lot of ups and downs, and met some really great friends there. It was a good experience. Looking back is fun, but a little sad. I guess I have to keep in mind that most of the people that I became friends with there have moved on as well. Sigh.

So....trip to Germany and Italy! Woo hoo! It was soooooooooooooo awesome! So awesome! I stayed with Jenny in Bamberg, which is a little town outside of Nuremburg. Her husband is in the army and is stationed there. Most of my sightseeing in Germany was around where she lived, and OMG it was so cute it looked like it was right out of a story book! I loved it! See pics below...just a small selection out of 350 that I took while on my trip! I know, right?!

We also went to Rome for four days - which was absolutely amazing and wonderful! It was totally not what I expected at all. I mean, it is so busy. It reminded me of New York City with the busy-ness. But right smack in the middle of everything are these ancient ruins from like 300 AD or something. It's crazy! Everyone there was so nice and we ate SO MUCH. To the point of pain almost every meal, that is how good the food was. We ate gelato about a million times and I swear it was like heaven. See pics below...



I cannot even begin to do this trip justice by explaining everything that happened and all of my experiences in just two short paragraphs...