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Friday, February 26th, 2010
11:28 pm
Hellooooo Livejournal!

It's nice to know that after all these years and even though Maria and I are starting to be Grown Ups with Real Jobs, weighed down by everyday life and the stupidity of the Suntrust bank people, we can still howl with laughter at our own and others' expense over the internet. Like we've been doing since we were 16 and will continue to do so until we shrivel up.

"::quavering voice:: Billy, get Nana on the internets"

Todays topics of discussion include the sad enigma of Pie. And the tantalizing promises of beach communities.

Also on today's menu:

Delicious men who should be rides at Disneyland.

It all started when:

(relevant info in upper right corner)

We've rounded up:

Johnny Depp (of course)
Dave Grohl
Diego (fuck yeah my boyfriend's hot)
Apolo Ohno
Brad Pitt
Aaron Eckhart
Hugh Jackman
Ewan McGregor (he's the Dumbo Ride)
Anthony Kiedis
Rufus Wainwright (the Peter Pan ride)
and Heath Ledger as the Haunted Mansion

Mia and I are currently fighting over who gets the Speedpass.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, January 2nd, 2009
9:17 pm
Initials: LEV

Name someone with the same birthday as you: Eminem. Because only cool people are born on prime number days.

Last thing you ate?: Garlic mashed potatoes

For or against same sex marriage?: For

What are you thinking about right now?: Wanting to finish the second season of "Weeds"

Last person you hugged?: My mom

Do you believe in God?: Err.

How many U.S. states have you been to?: Lots! I can't count that high.

How many of the US states have you lived in?: 1.

Ever lived outside of the US?: Nope!

Name something you like physically about yourself: My legs. When I was little, my dad's girlfriend used to make me laugh hysterically by saying "What are we going to do with all these miles and miles of legs?!"

Something non-physical you like about yourself: My sense of humor

What is your dad's name?: David Glen V.

Why are you still up?: It's only 9:30pm. And I have to take a shower. But more importantly, there's an SVU marathon on.

Who made you angry today?: I haven't been angry today.

Favorite type of Food?: I'd have to say Italian

Favorite holiday?: Halloween!

Do you download music?: My computer is way too old. I have a list of songs to get though.

What illegal things have you done?: Not a whole lot. Setting off fireworks on New Years, speeding occasionally.

Where would you want to go on a first date?: I'm not sure. I've never been on a first date.

Would you date the person who posted this before you?: She's all married and stuff. Darn. I don't think Diego'd like me running off either.

Has anyone ever sang or played for you personally?: Not really, no.

Do you like Bush?: Prick.

Have you ever bungee jumped?: Never ever.

Have you ever white-water rafted?: Yes! And the water is COLD, let me tell you. It looks like so much fun when the boat gets swamped. It is not. And paddling frantically doesn't help. The scenery is great though.

Has anyone ten years older than you ever hit on you?: Yeah. I don't know what's wrong with people.

Have you met a real redneck?: I live in the Deep South.

How is the weather right now?: Way too hot for January.

What song are you listening to right now?: In my head "Boom Boom" by John Lee Hooker

What is your current favorite song?: Band of Horses - Islands on the Coast

What was the last movie you watched?: The Philadelphia Story

Do you wear contacts?: Yeah. Though I have glasses and I've been wearing them a lot lately.

Where was the last place you went besides your house?: At work at the lab

What are you afraid of?: Spiders. Zombies.

How many piercings and tattoo's do you have?: I have my belly pierced

How many pets do you have?: I have my very own kitteh

Have you ever loved someone?: Oh yes.

What turns you on?: Oh... stuff. Sleep sounds appealing right now.

What do you usually order from Starbucks?: Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte

Have you ever fired a gun?: No, and I never want to

Are you missing someone?: I suppose

Favorite TV show?: Weeds, Ninja Warrior

Do you have an iPod?: Yeah. I've been meaning to charge it up for a few weeks now.

Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity?: Nothing flattering.

What's your mom's name?: Cheryl Ann V.

Who would you like to see right now?: I'm lethargic.

Favorite band of all time (ONLY ONE)?: Northstar

Have you ever been caught doing something you weren't supposed to?: Oh... yes.

Favorite flower?: Sunflowers

Butter, plain, or salted popcorn?: Salted butter popcorn. Right on.

What books are you reading?: 100 Years of Solitude by Marquez

Have you ever ridden in a limo?: A long time ago and then again at prom

Has anyone you were really close to passed away?: My grandfather

Do you watch MTV?: Not really

What's something that really bugs you?: Traffic

What's your favorite hobby?: Dancing

Do you like Michael Jackson?: Heck yes!

Favorite basketball team?: I don't watch basketball

Favorite cereal?: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Do you drive?: I go places

What's the longest time you've gone without sleep?: Probably a day and a half. I don't do very well without sleep.

Last time you went bowling?: A few months ago.

What is your favorite color?: Turqoise

Who was your last phone call?: I called my aunt at the hospital

Last time you were at work?: This morning/afternoon

Favorite state to be in?: Oregon

Have you ever been to California?: Yes. I drove the entire length of the state and it was AWESOME

Do you hate the last guy you were talking to?: N-no?

Do you have to really know someone to kiss them?: Nah. lol

How bad is your road rage?: I fume.

Who were you with Saturday?: Probably Andy

Have you ever been to Washington, DC?: Once on a field trip

How long does it take for you to fall asleep at night?: It's usually just about instantaneous

Were you sleeping somewhere other than home Saturday night?: Nah. Unfortunately I've been at the same place in the room that smells like old people. I want to go home.

First thing you do when you wake up?: Turn off my alarm

Do you like massages?: Of course! I melt.

Have you ever been friends with someone you didn't really like?: No. I'm not good at that

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?: Australia

Is chorus your favorite class?: I was never in chorus. I had to sit through a few concerts in high school and was REALLY glad that I never took chorus.

Do you only drink bottled water?: I am all about tap water.

Who was the last person to compliment you?: Andy. He said that my ass looked good in the jeans I was wearing. He was drunk.

What are you hating right now?: Spiders. Zombies. Rooms that smell like old people.

Are you cold?: No. Pretty warm.

Who was the last person to make you cry?: I don't know

Have you made a mistake in the past week?: Probably

Can you keep secrets?: Sometimes

What color is your iPod/MP3/CD player?: Silver

Do you have any make up by Maybelline?: Possibly. I don't go by brands

Are you good at writing?: Yes? I don't know.

What do you listen to before you go to bed?: Silence.

Do you subscribe to seventeen magazine?: Nope

What's on your mind most lately?: Grad school

Do you often use the term "slut"?: Half a dozen times in my life maybe

What do you put on your pancakes?: Butter

What is the temperature outside?: 75 degrees

Have you ever been to a concert?: Of course!

What kind of home would you like when you get your own place?: Something that makes me feel like I'm in the Keys

Do people ever make mistakes when spelling or saying your name?: If I talk to someone Hispanic they think my last name starts with a 'B'. This leads to much confusion.

Can you whistle?: No! It's frustrating!

When was the last time you sang in the shower?: Not since I've been staying at my mom's place

Do you like summer break or Christmas break better?: Summer Break

Do you talk about your feelings or hide them?: Hide mostly.

Do you wear makeup?: Not very often

Where did you get your favorite pair of sunglasses?: Publix

What would you say if someone told you to describe Coca-Cola?: Too sweet and belchy.

What do you do when you receive nasty comments on your MySpace?: I haven't gotten any, but I'd delete them.

When was the last time you straightened your hair?: Yesterday

Who is your number one on MySpace?: Piper

Could you go the rest of your life without smoking a cigarette?: Easily. I hate smoke

When was the last time you were given flowers?: A few months ago.

Do you hate using public bathrooms?: Yes. Grungy

What is your current relationship status?: I'm in a relationship. He's around here somewhere

Do you love anyone?: Yerse

How many good friends do you have?: A few

Have you ever written a poem?: Only when forced for a class

How many red lights have you run?: This is Miami. Red lights mean nothing.

Have you been under the influence today?: Not unless you count birth control hormones

Pick a word that begins with the first letter of your first name?: Labyrinth!

Have you ever been in handcuffs?: Not of the law enforcement variety

Have you ever caught anything on fire?: Not unless I was trying to start the fire.

Is there anyone that you care more about than yourself?: Oh sure

How long is your hair when it's wet?: Mid back

What was the last thing you bit?: Steak

What are you wearing on your feet?: Green socks from the 80s

How many times do you talk on the phone a day on average?: Not a lot. Maybe one or two

Do you usually have weird dreams?: I am the absolute champion of weird dreams

Do you like your bed?: I love my bed at home. Well, not really MY bed. I should say... I very much like both of the beds available to me at home.

Do tattoos and piercings excite you?: Not particularly

Do you log on to MySpa​ce every day?: No

Is your profile private?: Why/why not?: Nah. I hardly go on Myspace

Do you drink soda?: Not really

What are you listening to?: A stand up comedian. He is squealing.

Have you ever been to NYC?: Yeah and I'd love to go again!

What are you thinking about right now?: I'm sulking about not having a blanket

Marriage in your future?: AHAHAHAHAHAHA. No. Please. Really, please no.

Do you like your life?: Not really

Are you ticklish?: Ridiculously

Last person of the opposite sex to give you a hug?: Eric

Have any fun plans for today?: Shower and sleep

What are you disappointed in right now?: Being cold or smelly for another night. Eugh.

When was the last time something bothered you?: Thinking my UM application wasn't going to get in on time

Have you ever broken someone's heart?: Unfortunately. :-(

Would you ever date a friend's ex?: Maybe

If your best friend liked your last ex, what would you do?: Let my eyes turn green for a second

Do you know anyone whose name starts with a Z?: I know of people but not any friends of mine

Do you still talk to your exes?: Yeah

Do you ever dance even if there's no music playing?: All the time

Have you kissed in the rain?: Yes

Current Mood: cranky
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
11:31 am
I haven't written here in half of forever.

Life has been full of work. For a part time job, it's so time consuming. It's mostly the commute, I think. Two hours driving every day is... awful beyond all reason.

I am also stressed about grad school. I mean, what if I don't get in anywhere?!
I don't have my personal statement finished and I feel damned silly writing it.

The toilet just overflowed downstairs. The plumbing in this apartment sucks. Neither of the bathrooms have ever worked right and jam up for no reason (even if you're just flushing water).

I want to go Christmas shopping but I don't have any money.


Current Mood: discontent
Saturday, October 18th, 2008
1:15 pm
I've been incredibly wicked busy and tired these last few weeks and so much has happened.

Firstly, I'd like to say a general thank you for the burfday happiness wishes! There was not much partying going on yesterday. Because 23 is not an exciting number, I worked all morning/early afternoon and spent yesterday evening mostly studying for the biology GRE that I took this morning.
My coworkers and lab manager surprised me with song, card and strawberry cheesecake yesterday at work. I could feel my face turn beet red. It's always awkward having to stand there while people sing "Happy Birthday" to you. Mostly because the song is totally dull. And you can't sing along or dance really or participate in any way, aside from lamely trying to conduct the singers (as I did). I thought the whole thing was incredibly sweet and thoughtful of them. And the cake was nummy.
Eric is awesome for helping me study for the exam all of yesterday afternoon. The pep talk also helped. I left feeling like a total science baller.
The Melting Pot is also awesome, though I think we should have invested in just the cheese, salad and dessert and skipped the entree entirely. Cuz all the rest is really the best part.
H.O.W.E.V.E.R. if all goes accoring to my master plan, Diego and I shall return to the Melting Pot sometime this week and DESTROY a chocolate fondue. And possibly a salad.

I've also found that I enjoy rolling many things up into a ball, for the pleasure of the Master of All the Cosmos and his FABULOUS method of speaking. In other words, I'm completely addicted to the game "Katamari".

My kitten (his name is Indiana) is the most absolutely perfect kitty. He's playful and super cuddly. He likes nothing better than to be held and carried around so that he can look at things and sneeze on you. He has a very scratchy quiet meow. He also has a cold. Hence all the sneezing.
I'm bringing him up to my mom's house today when I go for AWESOME BURFDAY DINNER.

And.... I'm going to munch on some watermelon now.

My brain hurts.

Current Mood: crazy
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
3:07 pm
Things overall have definitely improved since I last posted. I escaped from Oregon, had a happy reunion with Diego, my car, various friends and Miami.

Since I've been back...

While I was in the Portland airport waiting for my flight, I got a call from the lab manager at BCC South. I had applied for a shitton of lab jobs in July. It was now mid-September. Better late than never, I guess. Anyway, we scheduled an interview for last Friday. I got a call back on Monday and interviewed with the dean on Tuesday. I guess they figured out a way to get around Human Resources delays in hiring people. The interview went well, though I was extremely nervous.
OH OH OH nervous though I was, at least I looked fabulous; my mom took me shopping last weekend and got me some actual business attire. Previous to this, I had been going to interviews in my normal dressy clothes, which consists of wrap around skirts and tank tops. I didn't own anything else. But nowwwww, I can really dress for success and it doesn't look like I got some frumpy Goodwill business skirt. Which had frustrated me whenever I tried on any kind of professional wear. It just never looked right.
Back to the BCC story.
I was told that I'd hear back from them in a week or two. ONE DAY LATER, which was yesterday, I got a call from the lab manager telling me I was hired. YAAAAAAAAAAY
I sure can.
FINALLY. Gainful employment. And in the very nick of time, too. I just got my school loan repayment package on Tuesday after the second interview. I tried not to think about it too much. I didn't even read through it, lest I have a panic attack.

Also, I saw Eric for the first time since the "I don't want you in my life anymore" incident. We spoke several times while I was in Oregon, and our face to face meetings have gone well. I'm so glad that he's open to actually being friends with me, and not just being a friendly aka not openly malicious ex. He was nice enough to take me for a post-interview calmdown coffee, even though it was monsooning outside.

I got to ride on the back of a motorcycle again. I'm sure I was radiating happiness. Being full of spinach and feta cheese pizza probably didn't hurt either.

Life is really looking good. I felt so absolutely desolate just a month ago. With Diego and this job and the prospect of being able to actually pay bills and have the money to pay graduate school application fees and for dance classes... It's all I want.
And maybe a trip to Busch Gardens.

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, September 21st, 2008
10:20 pm
Bell bottoms are awful troublesome when you're riding a bike that has one of those water bottle holders attached to it.

The drive to the coast today looked like something out of Middle Earth, with clouds clinging to the mountains and trapped in little ravines.

As I'm writing/typing, my hands are shaking in anger. I did 20 push ups and 40 jumping jacks in an attempt to calm down. It hasn't taken the edge off much. If I had access to a punching bag, I'd split it open. I feel absolutely ferocious.
So, what IS this odd game that's all over the airwaves? It's their loose lips that made me so sick...

Think about something else.
I know I'll dwell on this before I sleep. I know that I'll picture it, even if I desperately try not to.
I can't, I feel ill, it seems so wrong, mine MINE!!! it's...

Fuck. Something else. TOFURKEY. It's the nastiest fucking stuff on the planet and they tried to pass it off as a hotdog. As if regular turkey hot dogs didn't seem unnatural enough.
It's very Portland-y.
I may have already written about this.
But I was thinking about hippies and that my jeans kept getting tangled on the bike.

I saved a starfish from certain Death By Seagulls today.


I'm going to do some more push ups.
I need to start the sit up regiment again when I get home, I've been slacking horribly. But I've worked on upper body a bit, which I hardly ever do.
I need to run really fast. If only my knee weren't all messed up.

Current Mood: jealous
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
7:44 pm
Getting out of my dad's house is fabulous. This weekend was full of Portland fun with my cool cousins.
~ Saturday market (BOO-YAH for wrap around skirts!)
~ Tofurkey (this stuff is AWFUL)
~ Poolside political chats
~ Mount Hood hikin on trails that have no end, thank goodness my knee started acting up, or we might still be trying to find the end
~ Powell's is officially the greatest bookstore ever; "His Dark Materials" for $10!

I spent today running around Corvallis and Albany with my aunt. We had much fun and much gelato and the most delishhhhhus chai ever. This evening we took the dogs for a like 4 mile walk through some woods and fields. There were hawks overhead, and every so often one of them would shriek. It sounds just like it does in National Geographic specials.
And steak for dinner.
Om nom.

I'm still painfully lonely for my roommate-turned-boyfriend.

I wish we had consignment shops in Miami. They are a great idea.
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
7:52 pm
I don't write about Miami life much because it's all so damned boring and it'd depress me to think about what I actually DO all day, which is nothing with scattered cleaning. It's sad how much I look forward to Diego coming home, because I get to talk to someone and will maybe even leave the house.

It was good for me to come out here. I didn't really want to stay for 3 weeks. My dad started smoking again and it is a HUGE pain. I don't mind staying at my aunt and uncle's for a long period of time, because their house is clean and light and they're fun and we do things. At my dad's we just kind of sit there until he gets up the gumption to go exploring or whatever. Which may be every third day or so.
Boredom has been alleviated with the addition of a teeny little three week old kitten. Back story: I heard cat in distress noises coming from outside two nights ago, my dad and I went with flashlights to check it out, kitty was trapped in next door neighbor's shed, next door neighbor had no idea what to do with said kitteh, so my dad and I took him home. I've bathed him with flea shampoo of my own concoction (fleas hate citrus juice apparently) and I've been bottle feeding him every few hours with special kitten formula. The feedings need to take place in the sink, because Kitteh is a total mess when he eats enthusiastically. My HANDS are a total mess of scratches and bite marks because I didn't think to clip the kitten's nails until we'd had him a day already. He's not aggressive or anything, he just claws at the bottle, which is tiny, so my hands are well within reach of little needle claws. It is worth it, because Kitteh is SO CUTE.
I had been thinking about joining my cousins in Portland and staying a few days. I came back to my dad's place instead, because I couldn't get a hold of him to ask if he had made any plans already. If I hadn't come home, we wouldn't have found Kitteh! It's one of those "everything happens for a reason" things.

Martin's wedding was absolutely lurvely and outdoors and woo!

And other than that, I've been happy to see all the cool Vandepas people out hurr. This week we shall go to the coast.
There are things in Miami I sorely miss though.

(I worked tech support for a major software company, specifically with their digital media products. This call was about their video editing software.)

Me: “Thanks for calling ***** tech support.

(The customer gives me her info and has a thick accent I can’t place.)

Me: “Great! What can I do for you?”

Her: “Yes. I am trying to edit dees beedio, and eet’s blue and blue on de ting.”

Me: “So…it’s blue, and blue…on the thing?”

Her: “Yes.”

Me: “Where is it blue?”

Her: “On de ting.”

Me: “By ‘thing,’ do you mean the Computer screen or your camera?”

Her: “Yes…de ting.”

Me: “Ma’am, I can’t see what you are looking at so you’ll have to tell me the name of the thing that is blue.”

Her: *getting angry* “DE TING!!! Eeet’s BLUUUUE AN BLUUUEE ON DE TING!!!!”

Me: “What exactly is blue? The video on your monitor? Are you outputting to TV? The viewfinder on your camera?”

Her: “Yes.”

Me: “Yes…which one?”

Her: *yelling* “DE TING!!!!”

Me: “Ma’am, I’m sorry but I don’t understand where you are having a problem.”


Me: “Ma’am, I agree. You speak english very very well. The problem I am having is you are not telling me where you are seeing blue video.”


(This exchange went on for a while before she got frustrated and hung up. The best part is, my call was being listened to by some higher level support guys. They created an internal troubleshooting document that appeared as follows:)







(And so on and so on…)


Current Mood: restless
Friday, August 29th, 2008
1:36 pm
Oh, same ol'...

Still waiting to hear back for jobs. Not much to do in the meantime, as I'm too broke to afford things like gas. I haven't like... left the house. Where would I go? My poor car has been sitting in the blistering sun for about a week. I want to put a big shady tree over it. A retractable tree, so that when tropical storm/hurricane Hannah hits, no branches will fall on it.
I was so looking forward to another prospect of a hurricane, but then I realized that I would be in Oregon for it. LE SHIT.

I can't believe I'm going to be in Oregon in less than a week. And be there FOR less than a week. I think that's the shortest Oregon trip I'll have ever gone on.

I'm hungry.

Current Mood: listless
Friday, August 22nd, 2008
1:44 pm
The last time I saw Eric, we left with a really long hug and promises to get together to watch the actual season finale of Dance Crew the next week.
This all seemed consistent with us having lunch today. I mean, he's in town for an interview at the university, and we were going to try to stay friends after all, right?
He told me that he was almost positive that he was going to get the job he interviewed for. If he did, he would move down here. We would both be in Miami. He thought that this was the end of the bargain that he was supposed to hold up. I broke it off for many reasons. I don't think he ever understood that every reason that I gave wasn't a stupid excuse, but that all of them together were a really good case against staying together. He... thought that him getting a job and an apartment meant that I would think he was grown up enough to date him again. I was sad that he thought that I was forcing him to change, or just waiting for him to change. He asked me if I wanted to move in with him. He said that us getting back together was now or probably never. I told him that I couldn't. It wouldn't work for the same reasons it didn't work before. I was done a long time ago... I didn't tell him that, but Eric said that he had expected me to say no. Because I had Diego. He was very...matter of fact, and didn't seem upset. I felt sick, knowing that he was aware of all of this, but still wanted to try to get back together. I knew how much I meant to him. We got on with lunch, a little more quietly than we had before.
When we left the restaurant, I told him that I wanted to do anything that I could to alleviate the situation. If that meant not speaking to him for 6 months, it would kill me, but I'd do it. I wanted to somehow make it right for him.
We walked to Blockbuster to rent a movie. Everything was good until we get back to my house with "Castle in the Sky". He seemed... tense and unhappy. I asked him what was wrong. He said that he should probably get going. He said that he couldn't do this anymore. Seeing me was so painful to him. He asked if I knew how badly I had crushed him when he found out that I cheated. And then when I lied about it. I told him that I knew, as I had been cheated on in the past myself. He said that he had questioned himself for forgiving me, that I'd brought him to the highest highs and the lowest lows. He wanted to spend his life with me. He still does. Knowing that I didn't want this, that we weren't dating and wouldn't be... he said that he couldn't do it. It hurt him too much. What could I do? I didn't want to ask him to stay around. How could I?
I said, "I've been selfish enough." He replied, "I haven't."
That's fair. He's got to do right by him. He said that he needed time to get over me. It might be a few months down the road, or never. He said that I could call him in a few months to see if he was ready to be friends. He said that he might pick up the phone... but not to hold my breath.
I told him that I would give him the time he needed, and that he could call me whenever he was ready. He said not to wait by the phone. I told him that I'd be waiting nevertheless.

He seemed shocked that I was crying.

Current Mood: devestated
Monday, August 18th, 2008
6:08 pm

Wow, it really started pouring just now.



And so on.

This weekend was eventful. I had two job interviews on Friday, one of the jobs I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to get. The professor was supposed to schedule a face to face interview today... maybe he got all distracted by what I'm sure is his first tropical storm. I hope I hear from him soon. For serious.

I spent Saturday morning campaigning with my mom for her friend who is running for circuit court judge.
Saturday afternoon was spent running around with the lovely Mojo, who I had not seen in forEVER.
Saturday night I hung out with Eric. We hadn't seen each other since we broke up. Mostly what I took from Saturday night was an immense sense of relief. He doesn't hate me. We're going to try to stay in each others' lives. It's hard, because of residual emotions and habitual cuddlyness.

I'm going to make taquitos now. And not freak out about the state of the kitchen.

I love Florida.

Current Mood: calm
Monday, August 4th, 2008
12:48 pm
The Bible: The Rough Draft papers


Then a great storm came and swept over the ship. And the men cried out "Who is it that brings this catastrophe upon us?" And Jonah stepped forward and said "It was I".

"I ignored God's command and so he sends this storm upon us. So that the rest of you will be saved, I am going to eat the whale." The other soldiers were perplexed and there was wailing and they said "That doesn't make sense." But it was that Jonah caught the huge whale right out of the ocean and showed down on the whole thing.
Behold: the blubber was chewy and hard to swallow, but he ate it down to its bones. And the storm subsides and the sea was at peace and Jonah was really really full.

The whale spent three days and three nights in the belly of Jonah, and then at a word from God, Jonah threw it up and felt a lot better.


Current Mood: lethargic
Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
9:12 pm
I am sitting at my mom's house, working my way through two boxes of kleenex and I just finished watching Poirot's "ABC Murders". It's a hip happening Saturday night (it IS Saturday... isn't it?). I figure I'll really have a ball when I take some of that Tylonol PM. It's a knockout.

I think I must've scared Mia and Diego today, being a snotty volcano at lunch.

The job hunt has gone all disappointing/desperate. When I was at the lab, even though I wasn't being paid, I at least felt that I had some purpose. I had a schedule, a reason to wake up at a reasonable hour and a list of things to do.


::three tissues later::

I miss Eric a lot. Watching ABDC without someone to freak out with is pretty sad.
Hopefully it'll all work out in the end.

Current Mood: crappy
Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
11:28 am
It is dark as night right now. Rain like the end of the world and I'm really sad that I'm by myself.
I am also sad that there is very little food in the house. Maybe I can excavate the pantry in search of mac and cheese.

In other news, I got a new phone! I lost my other one at the movies. Much sadness. Did you know that they don't make plain old candybar phones anymore? Everything flips and slides and swivels. Highly suspicious.
Verizon doesn't even carry Nokia anymore, because their phones are too simple! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I didn't want music options, hands free options, internet, games, crazy ringtone downloads, none of it. This apparently no longer exists. I scream conspiracy! With all these options, there's a 567000X chance that your phone will break. Quickly.

The symposium was fun, but I don't think I want to write about it.

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, July 14th, 2008
10:07 am
DREAM TIME! (our name is Legion, for we are many)
I was one of many. I didn't really understand how one metallic man could be picked as a leader from all the rest of the shiny tin men to serve with the human generals and command other golems. But I was given my own squadron all the same. There also should not have been feelings of disgust or remorse when I walked through the battlefield. There were piles of... debris. The carnage was incredible. Some stacks had been burned by soldiers. Huge piles of grey ash with charred skulls resting on top.
Someone walked up beside me and smugly told me that the enemy had placed men on the field, pretending to be dead. The Metal Men could identify the living (though I hadn't discovered this capacity in myself and was confused). Every one of them had been slaughtered before they could draw their weapons. I should have been triumphant that we had discovered the ploy. There was the strangest sensation of being sick to the stomach that I didn't have.
The human leader strode forward, wearing a crown. He hadn't had one before. He came forward to address what remained of his army, though we had only lost a few of the human soldiers. We lost him though, as he stepped on a hidden land mine. He flew intact and I lost sight of him over the forest. His son stepped forward to perch himself on the still-turning gears of the wooden war machine, after picking up the crown that had fallen on the grass. As he opened his mouth to speak, his foot got caught in the gears and he began to be pulled down. His sergeants came to help him and he was freed.
I never did like him or his father and had rather been hoping that the machine would pull him all the way down into its teeth. What he had done to the surrounding areas seemed unforgivable.
But I had my orders and had been created to serve.
I ended up walking toward the forest. There was a clearing where we had made our strategies that I thought was very nice. Also quiet. The human men were so loud that their voices always shook my metallic head. I looked back at the other metal soldiers.
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
8:25 am
ICRS is next week! I can't even believe it. It doesn't seem like July.
My sequences were FUBAR'd, so I don't have any HARD HARD data... but I do have a pattern. Which is really cool, because Dr. Baker was able to make something out of what seemed to me to be a bunch of random, meaningless all-over-the-place information that I couldn't put together in a cohesive poster.
However, THAT'S all been worked out. Which is a relief, as I had been quietly whimpering to myself about my shitty data for about 6 months.

I also suck at attaching documents in emails. I sent myself the "completed rough draft" of my poster. Or I meant to. Like an idiot, I composed this gigantic email and neglected to actually attach the Powerpoint slide. THANKFULLY, Diego went ahead and threw a poster layout into some magical Adobe program, all of which is beyond me. He gets mad props for actually going ahead with the project. Though I did pitch a fit to get this to happen, I think.
It shall all work out.
Printing is today!

At the pre-symposium poster session, the Baker lab posters were beyond ghetto fabulous. Everyone else had these glossy, glitzy, fancy posters with tons of colors that were huge and completed. The four of us girls had printed our posters out text box by text box and figure by figure and haphazardly cut them out and stuck them to assorted pieces of styrofoam with inefficient thumbtacks. Most people's reactions were to burst out laughing. I kid you not.
It's better than them laughing at the final product, though.

The reason I'm rambling on about this conference is that I haven't been doing anything else with my life since I graduated except preparing to present.
Job hunting has been put on hold. But ideally, with my *soon to be* kick ass poster, I'll be able to network like whoa and maybe find some employment OR (be the good Ceiling Cat willing) make some connections for possible graduate student positions.
I'm going to the printing place on campus and begging them to print me up some business cards. I don't know what they'll say, exactly. Don't people have some sort of job title on business cards?
Geronimo Johnson
Private eye

I could be
Lauren Vandepas

But I'm going to try anyway.


Current Mood: crazed
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
2:06 pm

Current Mood: devestated
Saturday, June 14th, 2008
8:47 am
I'm pretty sure that I did the right thing this last Wednesday. I don't think I've been single for more than 3 weeks at a time since I was 17. Which is totally nuts, when I stop to think about it. It's all that darned overlapping, which has caused so much trouble.
I so hope that I've done the right thing. After speaking to him yesterday, I'm mostly sure that he doesn't hate my guts. I don't want to tell him to wait until I get my shit together (because how long will that take?)... and I hope he'll still find me appealing in a few months, because I'm almost positive that I'll want him.

I figured I should write this down.

Current Mood: listless
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
4:37 pm
Do you currently have a hickey?
No. God, what a question!

Who was the last person you talked to on the telephone?
Eric. I was telling him how elated I felt after going to that martial arts class.

What do you hope to do this weekend?
Laundry. And hopefully we'll be completely unpacked by then.

What were you doing at 7:00 this morning?
I was passed the heck out.

What are you seriously wearing?
I'm so seriously wearing my gray Soul shirt.
I'm not seriously wearing black PJ pants
And I'm very sillily wearing white socks

Have you ever driven without a license?
I sat on my dad's lap and drove when I was 12. I almost drove into a lake.

Do your jeans have rips, tears, and holes in them?
Yes, but that were not there when I bought them. All the pants that used to be my brothers have a TON of holes in them, compliments of skateboarding. Which makes me wicked cool by association.

Do you have hairspray in your hair?
Hardly ever.

Have you ever in any way been betrayed by a person you trusted?
Oh sure.

Do you drink tea?
When I remember that I like tea and that I have tea in my pantry. And if any mugs are clean. Then I shall drink tea.

When was the last time you saw a cop?
There were like 3 police cars on Bird Rd today

Did you ride in someone else's car today?
Yep. In Diego's

What do you like on your toast?
Butter and blackberry jelly. Accept no substitutes.

Do you watch the news daily?
No, but I read the MSN front page headlines

Is anyone on your bad side right now?
All the people who refuse to employ me

Do you like to press the coin return button on everything for free money?
I've given it a try once or twice.

What jewelry are you wearing?
My ring

Do you clean when you’re upset?
Oh yes!

What day of the week did your birthday fall on this year?
Oh bugger. A... Wednesday?

Are you wearing socks?

Would you ever dye your hair blonde?
That'd be kinda pointless, no?

Have you ever seen "Phantom of the Megaplex"?
Is that that one episode of "Are you Afraid of the Dark"?

When was the last time it snowed?
In Florida? In the seventies, I think. I watched it snow in Oregon last December.

Are puddles the best part of rain?
Not really. Parasites live in puddles. The potential for violent lightening is the best part of rain.

What's the closest thing pink on you?
No pink in my threads whatsoever. There is a pink plastic ball in my parakeet's cage, however.

Are you into anyone?
Pretty much, yeah.

Are you wearing anything you borrowed from someone?
Nope. Bought all of it meself.

Do you know anybody named Eric?
I'm dating someone named Eric. That counts, right?

Are your nails painted?
No... kind of pointless when you wear latex gloves everyday.

Do you watch Grey's Anatomy?
Haven't ever

Who's the last person on your missed calls list?
My mom's office

Would you rather have a red or green apple?
Oh, red

What do you want right now?
A job. That pays enough for me to both feed myself and pay my rent. I'd also like the drama to go away in the fashion that maximizes my own happiness.

Can you make brownies without having to look at the directions?

How late did you stay up last night?

What was the first thing you thought when you got up?
What... time... is... it? Oh. It's hot in hurr.

Do you think you will be in a relationship 3 months from now?
Quite an interesting question. We shall see.

When is the next time you'll see your best friends?
Sadly, I doubt in the same place at the same time. Separately... anywhere from days for Andy and months for everyone else.

Where is your father?
In Albany, OR

What are you listening to?
A stunningly beautiful song on the TV Guide channel. I'm not watching the channel listings, I'm just listening to the music. Odd.

Who were the last 3 people to text you?
Eric, Lindsay, Diego

What's the fifth text in your inbox say?
"Good morning"

What high school did/do/will you attend?
Cypress Bay. Recently made famous by some random MTV show.

What were you doing at 11pm last night?
Wondering when the A/C would kick in

Who was the last person you talked to last night before bed?

Is there anything that you are craving right now?
Some kind of food that it savory, filling and free.

Have you ever started a sentence with "No offense, but..."
I've been told that I am very blunt. So I can only assume that I've delivered a verbal slap to someone with a sentence that started like this.

Have you ever been arrested?

Have you made a mistake this past week?
Depends on how you classify "mistake"

Are you happy?
More hungry than anything else

Are you happy with your life right now?
There are a few things I'd like to change... but besides the unemployment thing... I suppose I can't really complain.

What was the last movie you saw?
The Incredibles

What do you need to be doing right now?
Organizing my room.

Current Mood: odd
Friday, June 6th, 2008
2:25 pm
Moving madness! Sounds like an advertisement, but it makes me ridiculously happy that I can walk around the new apartment barefoot without having the soles of my feet turn black. Simple pleasures, you know.
The living room is mostly done, except for a few minor decorating touches.
I have to buy a shadecloth or a tall plant of some sort so that I can shade my orchids. I can't put them out on the patio yet, as they will pitch a fit and turn brown.
I'd like to get my internets back. I ended up unplugging my wireless card because it was making alarming angry buzzing noises. I put it out of its misery. Poor thing.

Random aside: so THAT'S what it feels like to be freezing in a warm room. It's amazing how the body can physically react to a stressor that isn't at all, well, physical.

My sequences are kind of working, maybe, I think. The only bad thing about going through the entire plate at once is that you don't have any status updates. There's just the BIG analysis at the end, in which case you're either screwed or you're elated. We hope for elated. My poster depends upon it!
Note to self: begin designing poster
Pay car insurance
Pay rent
Look for jobz
Stalk professors about grad student positions
Unpack room

Back to the swirly colors!

Current Mood: contemplative
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