- I bit the inside of my lip and continue to bite the same spot over and over. It has now turned into a wee scab-covered hill that I will inevitably continue to bite until it heals.
- Did you know 143 was code for "I love you?" Me neither.
- My professor and I agree that global warming is a scare tactic and Al Gore's money-making scheme.
- QB showed up at my office unexpectedly last week and has continued to call and ask me to hang out since then. I finally relented last night and we watched TV. No hanky panky.
- I received two invitations to Dodgers games this week and had to decline both of them due to school and work. Being a responsible adult sucks sometimes.
- Chicken fried steak, fresh veggies and white cheddar mashed potatoes make for a fine supper. Especially when followed by a Pizookie.
- It's almost the long weekend and I have nary a plan and I like it that way.
- The guy that sits in the cubicle behind me clips his nails almost every day. Who has nails that grow that quickly?
- I've developed quite the fondness for Sun Chips lately.
- Please leave your recommendations for songs for me to download in the comment section below because I have 50 free ones that I'd like to get crackin' on.
Wow. How'd this turn into a movie review?
Afterwards, we headed out to the Ventura Pier for a leisurely stroll. It's funny, in the span of his visit, Buzz was able to enjoy pretty much all of the weather Ventura County has to offer. It was mild in Oxnard when he arrived, Ojai was warm with an enjoyable breeze, after the movie Oxnard was hot and in Ventura the wind was blowing in a cold front. It's pretty obvious in the pictures below:
I spy Little Miss Sunshine...
Choppy waters at the pier
A most lovely evening
Stormy skies through an artsy eye
By way of Mr. Vholes I mosied over and left her the following comment:
You know, reveling is rude. It doesn't make you look better to shit on someone when they're down. It just makes you look petty.
To which she replied:
Dear, sweet, amazonian, ignorant, Randi. As usual, the most ignorant and least involved are leading the charge to protect the virtue of someone only truly gifted at kissing ass and paying lip service (literally and figuratively). But considering the group, this comes as no shock. You are all so cute in your syncophantic self-righteousness.
My favorite part about her reply is that she immediately resorted to name calling. Only Amazonian? Is that an insult? That I'm a female warrior? Well, hell. I'll take it. Yup, she nailed it: I'm 5'8 and a buck sixty five so I'm not a petite little flower. But what does that have to do with anything? And did you catch that I'm ignorant? Because she mentioned it twice in less than ten words. And how am I self-righteous? Isn't she? Sigh. Her argument is nonsensical at best. And I'm glad she broke out the thesaurus for the word "syncophantic" because man, do I feel like a country hick now. And just for the record - spell check doesn't even recognize that word. The group she is referring to is a tight community of decent bloggers who I am proud and pleased to be affiliated with. So all in all I guess the only way to respond to this is to stoop to her childish level and say:
It's funny, this online meeting thing. Over the years I've tried dating sites, social networks like MySpace, even Craigslist to meet people. For the most part, it's just been a bevvy of freaks and weirdos. That all changed for last year when I met Kevin. Then I see how the world wide web has made a little love story out of Hella and Exile and I have to admit it gives me stomach butterflies. Not in an insane way, mind you. Just a fun, anticipatory way. It used to be you had to sort of find someone that was local when you wanted to meet people. By way of blogging, I have met people all over the United States and Canada that I wouldn't hesitate to call friends. I know I've said this before, but I'm so grateful to have "met" all of you and hope one day we can make it a face to face.
Signing off on Cloud 9.
Jesus Harold Christ on a crucifix. I love driving my little Turbo but she is sucking my bank account dry. Now I know how a man must feel to be married. Zing! But seriously, folks. After the blowout on Saturday night I knew that at least one new tire was in my near future. When I examined the others, I saw that one was in pretty bad shape, the other is about 50,000 miles old and that left me with one decent tire. That would be the one I had to buy last year when I found a nail sticking out of my sidewall. The cynic in me thinks it must have been some punk kid with a nail gun when in reality someone probably hit a nail while they were driving and it ricocheted into my tire. So I figured, screw it, let's get a brand new set. Thankfully, the good people at GoodYear have a credit line that gave me an $80 rebate and 4 tickets to the San Diego Zoo to take away some of the pain of my total: $957.59. Yowza! Nothing like some high performance tires to run you right into bankruptcy. "Luckily" I have something like 90 days interest free to pay those bad boys off but I'm still feeling the sting. Now I've got about 800 miles before I have to drop several hundred more dollars on Vehicular for her 50,000 mile service. Add that to the price of gas and my already sky high car and insurance payments and let me tell you, I'm just thrilled at the amount of money I'm spending just to be able to drive. Ah, the joys of car ownership.
Did we go to the beach within walking distance? No. That would be too simple. Instead we drove north about 15 miles, just past Ventura to the state beaches. When we arrived, the dogies were at play, the sand crowded with fellow beach go-ers and the air filled with the playful shrieks of children. It was a gorgeous day without a cloud in the sky. I lathered up in my SPF15 sunblock and cracked open a Pacifico and a set off to finish the book I was reading. For anyone that is interested in true crime stories or history in general, I highly recommend Erik Larson's The Devil In The White City. It's about the Chicago World Fair in the 1890s and how it came to fruition with a backstory of a serial murderer on the loose during that time. I learned so much and was highly entertained, a win-win for sure.
After much reading and lounging I decided that I should test the waters. I started with a tiptoe into the cold and was immediately covered in goosebumps and retreated back to the warmth of my towel. Then I saw how much fun everyone was having and decided to go for it. So I plunged ahead and ended up swimming for over a half an hour. Once my body was acclimated to the temperature the water felt glorious. I felt like a kid again, jumping in the waves. When I was too exhausted to continue I stepped back on the sand and was dizzy from the weightlessness of the ocean. I could have slept there on the sand, with the sound of the lapping waves singing their lullabye to me. Sigh. It was, all in all, a great day. A day that could have been wasted in my apartment. Moral of that story? There's a whole world out there, give it a go.
Signature Reflection Shot
My Pink Hair Matches My Tank
Eli Hates His Picture Taken
P.S. Missed you, Kevin.
1. I've come to realize that my ex is: not really my ex.
2. I am listening to: my fingers hit the keyboard.
3. I talk: too much when really people just want me to listen.
4. I love: E.
5. My best friend(s): keep me going.
WE LOST #6, SOMEONE CALL SEARCH & RESCUE!
7. I lost the ability: make a wookie sound when they removed my tonsils.
8. I hate it when: I don't get my way.
9. Love is: a many splendored thing.
10. Marriage is: eluding me.
11. Somewhere, someone is: kicking themselves for fucking me over.
12. I'll always be: working on improving myself.
13. I have a crush on: Jim from The Office.
14. The last time I cried was: when I took a joke too personally.
15. My cell phone: will be ready for upgrade on August 25th.
16. When I wake up in the morning: I always hit the snooze at least once.
17. Before I go to sleep at night: I snuggle with my teddy bear.
18. Right now I am thinking about: the answers to these questions.
19. Babies are: great because you can give them back to their parents.
20. I get on MySpace: no longer because I QUIT!
21. Today I: am going to see my nephew at lunch.
22. Tonight I will: partake in a whole chicken with my brother and his family.
23. Tomorrow I will: see Superbad come hell or high water.
24. I really want: to have more vacay so I can visit BFF and Crusty on the right coast.
25. The person most likely to repost this is: your mom.
So it would seem that Southern California is burning. Perhaps I should consider relocating. There has been a fire raging just north of here since the fourth of July that will potentially burn until September. Then last night there was a fire in Griffith Park. The sky is a lovely shade of brownish gray and the sun looks like a blood orange. Vehicular is covered in ashes and I imagine it's only a matter of time before the inside of my apartment has a lovely layer as well. No doubt, a headache is soon to follow.
Earthquakes. Fires. Potential hurricanes. What's next? Locusts?
So just for shits and giggles, I was wondering what I would save should a natural disaster come to the 805. I think it would have to be my beautiful digital camera and my laptop. I have my music there and most of my pictures plus many personal documents. Methinks the actual paper albums would be too cumbersome to escape with.
What would you save? And I don't mean pets or people.
1. Define "infidelity" as it relates to a relationship. Have you ever been guilty of infidelity? Have you ever been the victim of infidelity? Have you ever been a participant in someone else's infidelity?
In my humble opinion infidelity is being dishonest in a relationship. I am guilty of this and have been the victim as well. I do not condone cheating or lying so I hope that I was not a participant in encouraging anyone.
2. What is the last thing you stole?
Cable. Though I don't consider it stealing, I bet they do. The dummies didn't disconnect it when I said I didn't want it so I had it free for a year.
3. Name one place in your country that you have never been but would like to visit and why.
I would like to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras because it just seems like an all-American thing to do. Plus, I'm all about helping the growth of communities and that place got it bad.
4. What movies can you watch over and over again?
Wedding Singer. Tommy Boy. Most any 80s comedy. Anything with Will Ferrell or Steve Carell. I'm a habitual re-watcher.
5. Who is the last person you saw naked?
Aside from myself this morning in the mirror I guess that would be Eli.
Bonus (as in optional): In honor of the 237 reasons we have sex study. Tell us at least five but not more than ten reason you have had sex.
3. Desire to sleep afterward
4. Feels good
5. Good times
- I quit MySpace.
- My brother is engaged to his baby mama.
- I have a bit of a hang over.
- And since 1995 is back in full force, here's a meme about it:
1. Who was your best friend? Coodence
2. What sports did you play? I didn't have the skillz to play in high school.
3. What kind of car did you drive? An '87 gray Ford Taurus. And driven it was.
4. It's Friday night, where were you at? Probably babysitting. Or with BFF and Miss Kitty.
5. Were you a party animal? I certainly thought I was.
6. Were you considered a flirt? Always have been, always will be.
7. Ever skip school? Nope cuz our dumb school would call our folks.
8. Were you a nerd? Speech team. 'Nuff said.
9. Did you ever get suspended/expelled? Nope.
10. Can you sing the Alma mater? I probably could but why would I?
11. Who was your favorite teacher? Mrs. Wetenkamp.
12. Favorite class? Spanish with Senor Juarez.
13. What was your school's full name? Santa Clara High School
14. School mascot? A generic Saint named Joey.
15. Did you go to Prom? Sho'nuff.
16. If you could go back and do it over, would you? I am kinda living it again right now.
17. What do you remember most about graduation? Crying.
18. Favorite memory of your Senior Year? Trips to Santa Barbara on the weekend.
19. What were you voted in your yearbook? Most likely to be suckered into planning our 10 year reunion. Not really.
20. Did you have a job your senior year? Hallmark.
22. Where did you go most often for lunch? To the lunch line. On campus always. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Funyuns and a Pepsi. Maybe a burrito. Yuck.
24. What did you do after graduation? Overstayed my welcome in Oxnard.
25. Who was your crush? I guess it was Willie.
Apparently 21 and 23 chose not to participate in this particular Q&A session...
Last week I read Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home by Nando Parrado. There was a biography about this as well as a movie called Alive. It's the story of a Uruguayan rugby team that crashed in the Andes in 1972 and resorted to cannibalism to survive for over two months after all hope of their survival was gone. Neither the biography nor the movie captured it like Parrado's autobiographical tale, however. A very inspirational and against all odds sort of tale.
E has three new teeth coming in up top. Two already on the bottom. How is it that he's not even 10 months old yet but he's a grown man? He weighs 24 pounds. Whopper of a boy he is.Chewbacca/Jetson's car sound with my uvula. This is a sad realization because it truly is the only talent I possess.
Yeah. That's it.
Here are the rules:
My middle name is Anne.
A - Anal retentive. I sort of stole this from Sassy but it applies to me. I have OCD tendencies for sure. Never leave the house without making sure it's straightened up and that the dishes are washed. My desk at work literally looks as though I do nothing all day...
N - Nice. Although in some cases that can be a four-letter word, I'm proud to say that I'm a nice gal. Mind you, I have my moments but for the most part I hear I'm pretty pleasant. Sweet comes up quite often. Hard to believe, eh?
N - Nefarious. When I'm good, I'm very, very good but when I'm bad I'm evil. Don't cross me.
E - Educated. Boy am I glad Sassy did this already or I'd have nothing to steal... I'm still in college working on my bachelor's degree at the ripe old age of 30 but I'm also always on a quest for knowledge. I love non-fiction books and live for educational programming.
I tag BFF, Crusty, Buzz and Itchy. Do it or don't. See if I care.
Bonus (as in optional): What countries, other than your own, have you had sex in? Was it someone on the trip with you? Someone from that country?
Sadly I have only had sex in the United States. BFF wouldn't give it up in London and I was a virgin during my other world travels.
|You Are Elmo|
Sweet and innocent, you expect everyone to adore you. And they usually do!
You are usually feeling: Talkative. You've got tons of stories to tell. And when you aren't talking, you're laughing.
You are famous for: Being popular, though no one knows why. Middle aged women especially like you.
How you life your life: With an open heart. "Elmo loves you!"