after no coffee since 3/6, today, on the second day of a headache, i decided to go ahead and get myself a little frappuccino. not sure if it'll help with the headache, but i really wanted it. :)
i don't feel too bad, though - i plan on continuing with my tea-instead-of-coffee thing. but a coffee every few weeks isn't the worst thing in the world. :)
went to the who concert last night. chris saw the billboard for the who i think on our way to billy joel and thought maybe we should go. i'm glad we did! i only knew a handful of the songs, but liked lots more. plus, it's always weird to see people in person that you've only ever seen in the media before. with the help of the binoculars, i could see the veins on pete townsend's arms as he played guitar. very strange.
due to the fact that i stayed up too late reading on sunday night (i've been in such a reading mood lately - three books last week alone!), and had a (rare) hell day at work yesterday, and then the concert last night, and the fact that i gabbed with dawny for an hour afterwards, i am TIRED. tired, tired, tired.
update: y'all were right. well, at least two of you. ;) i checked with my current insurance company - full coverage on this particular car would cost me $180/month. i checked with progressive. $160. geico? $115. excellent. $25 extra a month is much better than i was expecting. thanks for the suggestion & the clarification on how the credit check works!
and who can't sleep...
tonight was the cats. i had some great, great news there. this nice kitty named marty has been there since i've started volunteering. he disappears every now and then, but that's to de-stress at the shelter after being at petsmart.
sometimes i understand why certain cats haven't been adopted. for example, freckles the really fat tortoiseshell who did nothing at all except lay in her bed - i literally would move her in the bed from her cage to the floor to another cage and she'd just lay there - except she always wanted you to pet her and when you stopped you'd have to do it ninjalike or she'd scratch you in protest.. yeah, she's no longer at petsmart, but i'm 99% sure that means she's sleeping in her bed on the petsmart cat lady's bookshelf or something, 'cause no one is going to adopt that cat! so anyway, sometimes i understand.
other times, as with marty, i don't. he's a nice little cat. playful, sweet, nice... an all-around good cat. doesn't beg for attention, but when you give it to him, he appreciates it. he's been a homeless cat since he was a kitten, and just didn't deserve it.
but tonight..! a little girl came in with her mom and right away set her sights on marty. even despite the stiff competition, such as a super-soft tiny girl calico, and a cat much like oreo but without all the attitude - the cat literally HUGGED me the first time i opened the door. they ended up looking at the other cats, but the little girl kept coming back to marty. yayayayayay!
i have to stop doing the cats next semester. there is just no way i can keep it up then, taking even more classes. but man, i'll miss it.
when i came out afterwards, my car was dead. ha ha ha. it would seem that my brakelights decided to stay on after i shut off my car.
i stopped off at my house, and made sure the lights turned off when i turned off the car. i went inside and had a massive guilt attack about my kitties and being such an awful mama to them. but i had to go back to chris's tonight in case my car is dead again in the morning, so i can take his spare car. so three minutes after i turned off my car, i went to start it back up and.... it was dead again. ha ha ha!
i'm so tired - i was barely awake when dealing with my car two hours ago - but am all jumpy and can't sleep.
maybe i'll read some more and it'll help me to fall asleep. this book is really good. it's gotten me to thinking a lot, too - these women who have stayed working are all so dedicated to their jobs. that's such a foreign concept to me. i assumed at first it's 'cause it's just not on my nature... then i realized i have never had a job that really challenged me, that allowed me to really use my mind and talents on a daily basis. so we'll see if that changes someday...
it makes me want to get a christmas sweater and go to sears for a portrait.. oh, wait, i DO have that cat sweater with bells on it. hmmm....!
ah, no time to write. i've had a busy weekend... though all at home. math (though not enough) and a speech test and homework and a quiz in the other class and two movies watched and two assignments for film class....
other than that, today we went on a nice long boat ride down to borders, where i got some chai tea and a book (female chauvinist pigs) (which is funny 'cause some chick with big fake tits flashed some other boat when the guys yelled to her - while i was reading the book! oh, ariel levy, you speak so true!). it was really effin' beautiful out this weekend.
on the food front, i've been doing very well! last week, as well as i can. weekend, i did pretty good - for a weekend! last night was pesto pasta w/ scrimps! mmmm! today i did break and had some ice cream, but eh - it's sunday.
i took sebastian for a jog yesterday. although it was only 75, the sun combined with the lack of hard sand to run in (therefore i had to run in the loose stuff) really knocked me out. i was miserable. i usually LOVE running on the beach. blech. i meant to go again tonight, but you know how that goes...
chris and i went to lowe's yesterday and got a lychee tree (thanks!!!!) and a mango tree and a shop vac and a shower organizer for me. these are all very awesome things. we planted the trees today and can look forward to fruit in a mere five years or so! :D i shop vac'd all the dead lizards out of the garage today, which was a blast (thanks, little orzo). shop vacs are good stuff.
i almost looked at an apt today, but am undecided as to whether i want a roommate again. well, of course i don't, but you can't always get what you want.... but i'm trying to decide what i should do. so i called to cancel.
as for my other problem, that being my extreme hatred of my car beast... which, btw, isn't so bad now except for the a/c. i filled my tires on um.. thursday night and the car handles so much better. it turns out the tires were really low! how did no one tell me this?? i always assumed they checked that stuff when they changed oil and stuff, but apparently not. so i shouldn't hate my car, but in light of the no a/c and quickly-approaching summer, i really do. i think i am going to try to resolve this one, quicklike, even if it means i gotta budget myself even more. (and i've been doing well lately!)
ok, off to seepy-seepy.
for the second time, after seeing a picture of a singer and finding her very intriguing, i downloaded some songs... and totally dug 'em. the first time was M.I.A. this time it's amy winehouse.
i only have downloaded three songs so far, but they're good. my favorite is "you know i'm no good."
there's just something about her... and just something about M.I.A. wierd that the way they look (more about style than actual looks) intriguing me has led me to discover that their music does as well.
Evidence of how good people can be!
how grown up has my mandy gotten?
she's very 13. honestly, it's amazing exactly how 13 she acts. into all the big-girl stuff, but still a little unsure of herslef. VERY bershon. too cool for most things, except for hollister and long necklaces from claire's. and still my little girl. :)
What a cute pic, right? My sis & nieces left today. Man, I wish I could see them more often. I think they had a nice time, though, and am hoping Amanda will come visit me for a couple of weeks this summer. I'll take her snorkeling!
So I put down a deposit on this beach studio last week, and gave notice at my current place, as I couldn't foresee any reason why they would turn me down. The owner of the studio lives in Europe, so I wasn't expecting to hear back right away. Today I realized it had been nearly a week, so I called the owner's agent. It turns out some other dude was willing to move in right away (not April 1) so they gave it to him instead. Uhh. Thanks for letting me know!
Now what? This was so not what I wanted to deal with today; the prospect of moving was bad enough, but now... I guess I could just take my notice back, but how does that work? Then what about next time? And sadly, I really was looking forward to being fixed in one part of town, not driving all over.
In opposite news, I got a 90 on the paper I wrote for Film as Literature, "Fargo Humanizes the Crime Drama". Not perfect (I missed some important examples that would support my thesis), but still an A.
Some background: we have to write two major papers for the class. I had two months to do it. I thought it was due today. Sunday night (morning) at 1 a.m., I looked at the class site and discovered that it was due... at 1:00 p.m. Monday. So I worked on it for a bit that night, then again the next day but was distracted by dogs and kids and all that, so just really concentrated on it for a little over an hour before I had to submit it. And I got a 90. Long gone are the days I spend hours writing a paper, of being a perfectionist when it came to my writing. It was a sad discovery that I work well on that stuff under pressure, because it makes procrastinating so much more rational!
Update: Even better; turns out the 10 points were knocked off because my paper was 20 minutes late. Not because of the content. Ha ha ha!
caught this bird eating a baby softshell turtle right off the anhinga trail yesterday. i wanted to help the turtle, but what can you do? i rooted for the turtle, until the bird shook it while holding his head, and then i was pretty sure the turtle was toast. a bit surprisingly, the bird did eventually get this big guy to fit down his throat - pics @ flickr.
well, ONE of the reasons. :D
Honestly, I am just so tired of not being happy with my clothes & the way I look in them. So, so tired of it! And having my family come visit is a scary prospect – are they ever an excuse to eat badly!
I always mean so well, with both diet and exercise. But then we get a tray of two-bite brownies with lunch, or like this morning, they bring in French toast for us! I can do so well when I'm really trying.. I just don't know what's wrong with me lately.
Losing weight requires DISCIPLINE, which I seem to waiver at so badly these days. So I think ACCOUNTABILITY is the next strategy I am going to try.
So, starting tomorrow (not today, due to aforementioned French toast and tonight’s trip to The Cheesecake Factory, where all the healthy options are chicken salads), I am going to report to the blog. I got the idea reading an article in the NYTimes about how people sometimes use blogs as a way to develop financial discipline – having to answer to someone, even if they are strangers, is a deterrent to buying things you shouldn’t.
I’ve got some good stuff planned for later this year; I would like to look good for it! And, you know, the rest of my life too - it's just helpful to have a target date and all that in mind.
One thing that may help: I put in my application for a studio by the beach. If I end up moving there, the lack of decent cooking facilities is the perfect reason to make it a raw-food only zone!
and says: "i want to look like THIS."
the amazing part is, they did it.
the sky looked gorgeous all day. i really wanted to get home to get pictures, but sadly did not beat the sunset. so this is all i got!
As usual, the picture relates a little bit to my post.
Last night, we went out to Blue Moon Fish Company for dinner. Chris was right; they had nothing for me -- I guess it was the lunch menu I got excited about.
Anyway, our dinner guests were Chris’s parents’ friends from back in Pittsburgh. The woman used to be Chris’s piano teacher. She said he was a very polite little boy, which was both very cute and no surprise at all. They were a really sweet couple -- married 40 years and still nice to one another! And, honestly, it's a nice thing to be exposed to folks who are still married in their golden years.
I pretty much dread social situations like that a little bit, but when it’s all over, I’m glad I went. I like sweet people. :) And I like Chris in situations like that, too, because I am reminded of how polite, humble, and adorable he is. And he talks with his hands a lot more.
At dinner, Chris pulled out his pay-the-bill trick. That is, you excuse yourself to use the restroom partway through dinner to slip your credit card to the waiter. That way, when the bill comes, your card has already been swiped and there’s no fighting over who gets the honor of picking up the check.
Had he not, I was worried that Chris and the mister would’ve been embroiled in an all-out brawl. The mister was very insistent on paying the bill, and only after Chris’s trick was revealed did he relent.
Now, scenes like this happen all the time amongst Chris’s friends and acquaintances, and it always absolutely cracks me up. When it happens, I keep picturing my friends out to dinner, and whatever poor soul got picked to be in charge of collecting money for the bill exclaiming, “I’m $5 short!” and having everyone at the table shrug. Or everyone putting their money in and discovering we put too much, and then a fight ensues about whether the waiter deserves that good a tip or not. And if he doesn’t, who gets the extra $2 back? Whee...
This weekend was pretty quiet. After the dog walk, I took a big long nap, during which I vaguely remember Chris coming in and warning me that I was going to become a vampire. I woke up with a roaring migraine and watched The Devil Wears Prada with Patty. Then I took Excedrin and drank some yummy coffee and my headache vanished (and it was good). I went home to pet the cats and took lots of pictures. We ate couscous and watched part of Trainspotting for my class.
Sunday, um.. what did I do? Cleaned my closet! Went errand-runnin’ with my boy. Did homework. Went to bed too late.
This week, my sister and nieces come! I have lots of homework to do – movies to watch, papers to write, and math to learn – but it should be fun. I'm honestly really excited. :) I hope I get some time to take some pictures and get lots of sleep. No work for me from the time I leave on Wednesday until I go back to work on Tuesday. Yay!
Chris & I are going to take them on the boat this weekend - Macy's first-ever boatride! And go to the farmer's market Sunday and maybe to the beach. And, of course, I have to take them SHOPPING, which I will do while Chris is at work as to spare him the mall. And Amanda wants to go snorkeling - hope my wetsuit fits her! And I get to see Macy! And Amanda! I'm so so so excited! :) And I can't wait to see how the dogs react to the little people!
and this was my favorite picture. this doggy was being pampered, coveredin a wet towel and doused with water. very sweet & cute. :)
And I do be glad!
Spring break from school starts after I finish my assignments for Sunday, and I have next Thursday, Friday, and the following Monday off. I still have a lot of work to do during that time off, but it should be a nice break. After all, having Kamille, Amanda & Macy here will force me to do some fun stuff.
I got a call late in the night on Wednesday.. well, okay, it was like 10:30. But still. Kamille was calling for Amanda, who wanted to know how deep Chris’s pool was. She said she didn’t want to “get greedy.” And by that, I think she meant she didn’t want to think he had a great pool if he had an three-foot-deep, above-ground pool like we’re used to in Wisconsin. So she had to get that cleared up before she visited. I could only answer with, “Deep enough that I can’t touch,” and followed it up with a picture the next day. Amanda freaked out when she saw it, ecstatic.
Chris is pretty boggled about how excited they are about a swimming pool, so obviously he has been out of non-Florida winters for far too long. :) After all, they're shoveling snow and dealing with freezing rain back there. Here? It was 87 today and, as you see in the picture, perfectly sunnily beautiful. :)
Because I would like to respond to your comment on my previous post, but do not have your email address.
What timing! Why? Because I picked this magazine up when I went to Whole Foods last night for dinner. I actually subscribed a few weeks back, since I buy National Geographic every single month at $5 an issue and a whole year is something like $25! But anyway, yeah, I picked that up last night. I decided to not read the elephants article last night, specifically because I didn’t want to get depressed.. but I did decide to read the Orlando article, and sadly came across some of the elephant pics while flipping through to find it. The cubs killed me, and I honestly got mad at the folks for putting this quote in the magazine because I think it’s so powerful in such a painful way: “Hearing our voices, the two cubs emitted high-pitched growls and squeals. They wrestled and tumbled, not knowing that without their mother, they were now members of the living dead.” Ugh.
I’ll get to the elephant article this weekend, and no doubt feel sick about what people can do to these creatures. Same with the whales. I mean, jesus – there’s no denying they have family bonds, care for one another, mourn for one another, feel pain….. So how could you gun down 16 elephants, for their goddamn tusks? How could you kill the gentle, amazing whale for its.. what the hell do they use whales for anymore? We don’t need their oil for our lamps. We don’t need their meat.
I just don’t understand the ugliness of people sometimes.
It’s really kinda sad – I’ve started retreating from the things I love because of it. I no longer stop on the nature shows on PBS because I know that, sooner or later in the program, they will be upsetting. I will feel like what we’re doing is unfair. I will feel like I wish I could do something, and feel powerless that I can’t. I will wonder what our children’s children will think – that these gorgeous creatures are extinct because people liked trinkets made of ivory. Or that sharks are in the decimated populations they are because people fished them for their fin soup, then threw them back in the ocean to die.
Anyway – onto another subject (that of diving) that you commented on, Tom.
I haven’t been diving since, like, summertime! As soon as the water warms a little, I want to get back in there. And I have to do a lot of diving this summer to make sure I’m good and ready for Costa Rica! We may even go out on the boat sometime! Let me know when you come down to South Florida! :)